At least for now, he's the Brazilian Blur in name and reputation only.

But Leandro Barbosa is hoping to return to action for the first time since Jan. 14 when he hurt his right hamstring in a home loss to the Pistons.

Given the fragile state with these Raptors, a lot more will be known prior to Friday night's visit by Minnesota, but Barbosa did take part in practice on Thursday.

"I'm a little winded,'' Barbosa said long after most of his teammates had departed. "But it feels good to be back."

With Jerryd Bayless (knee) questionable, Barbosa's ability to back up starter Jose Calderon at the point and provide any spark off the bench would be welcome.