Is Leandro Barbosa the X Factor Against Los Angeles Lakers?

May 19th, 2010 by Jess Root Leave a reply »

Leandro Barbosa has become a forgotten man in this special season for the Phoenix Suns. Beset this season by injuries, the play of Jason Richardson, and the development of Goran Dragic, it seems an eternity ago that he was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

As much as I like Barbosa (and apparently everyone in the world), I have said before that I think that this will be his final season in Phoenix , even though he still has two years remaining on his current contract. Ever since Mike D’Antoni left, his play has declined.

In his defense, last season he had to deal with a new coach, Terry Porter, and the death of his mother. This season he had to deal with an ankle injury to start the year and then wrist surgery. Additionally, because of the Dragic’s play, Barbosa was no longer playing point guard. As a result, he struggled finding his place and producing.

However, in game one against the Lakers, he was one of the few bright spots of an otherwise forgettable game, as he scored 11 points off the bench and showed ...

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