Raps' Barbosa questionable

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

TORONTO - For the second straight day, a sore right wrist prevented Leandro Barbosa from taking part in any team drills.

As Wednesday’s curtain raiser draws nearer, Barbosa’s status is by far the biggest concern surrounding the Raptors, other than the big-picture issue on how this team will perform in the absence of a star player in a star-driven league.

The rule of thumb is to complete a pre-season without any setbacks, but Barbosa suffered his mishap in the exhibition finale last Friday against the New York Knicks, who will provide the opposition at the ACC on Wednesday.

Whether Barbosa gets to renew acquaintances with former coach Mike D’Antoni and New York’s newest star in Amare Stoudemire, who played with the Brazilian Blur in Phoenix, wasn’t known on Monday.

“I’m not sure exactly what it is,’’ Raptors head coach Jay Triano said of his backup shooting guard, one of the few players on the roster who can actually create his own shot.

Further tests on Barbosa were expected on Monday.

Barbosa has played his entire career in Phoenix, where he emerged as the game’s top reserve in 2006.

But since his breakout season, Barbosa’s numbers decreased, his role with the Suns slowly diminishing amid scrutiny on his ability to stay healthy.

Last season, Barbosa appeared in only 44 games, posting his worse scoring average (9.5 ppg) in five years, making a career-low 42% from the field and shooting a career-low 32% from beyond the three-point arc.


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