Raps' Barbosa mulling wrist surgery

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:15 PM ET

OAKLAND — It seems Leandro Barbosa’s much-expected visit with a surgeon may not be necessary after all.

Then again, the Raptors’ reserve shooting guard may actually go under the knife to repair a damaged wrist that has been bothering him for the better part of two years.

One would never know judging by his quick release that Barbosa has been playing under duress for the entire season in this, his first season as a Raptor.

The only sign that something is off is the unorthodox release Barbosa uses when heaving his shot, a form that’s more like a shot put.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Barbosa said of his ailing right wrist, a condition that requires long hours in the training room virtually every day.

“(Surgery) is something that I need to talk to the trainers about it and the organization and Bryan, too. It’s almost the end of the season, so we’ll see.”

It remains to be seen whether Bryan Colangelo returns, which again speaks to the dithering nature that is MLSE ownership.

In his return to Phoenix following seven years of service with the Suns, Barbosa played 22 minutes and led Toronto’s backups by scoring 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

A three-pointer from the left baseline beat the buzzer as the Raptors jumped out to a quick 32-26 lead after the opening first quarter.


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