It looks as if the Brazilian Blur is going to remain a visible fixture on the Suns bench the next two games after spraining his left ankle Sunday against Toronto.
While going up for a jump shot, Leandro Barbosa was fouled by the Raptors’ Marco Belinelli and landed on the foot of forward Hedo Turkoglu. X-rays came back as negative, but the swelling will keep Barbosa out of the last two games of the current four-game road trip that continues with the Knicks tomorrow and the Cavs on Wednesday.
“We won’t put a timetable on this,” Suns head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson said. “We’ll see test his range of motion after swelling stops. Usually an injury like this can last two to four weeks.”
After the swelling dissipates, the Suns training staff will test Barbosa to see if he’s ready to return to the court. The seventh-year guard had just returned to the lineup earlier this month after missing three games with an injured wrist.
The former Sixth Man of the Year is averaging 11.6 points a game, good for sixth on the team. He’s also shooting nearly 49 percent from the field and 41 percent from downtown.
The Suns will most likely re-activate Alando Tucker while Barbosa is sidelined.