The Air Canada Centre crowd had stars in its eyes watching Toronto rookie Jamario Moon play yesterday, particularly one play with 5:32 left in the game.
Moon brought the sold-out crowd (19,800) to its feet when he blew around Chicago's Ben Wallace and went up for the dunk, was forced to wait -- seemingly suspended in mid-air -- for an opening, and then scored on a finger roll to put Toronto ahead 75-68.
Moon's biggest contribution to the Raptors so far this season has been his defence, having been asked to guard some of the top forwards in the NBA. Yesterday, he was glued to Chicago's young star, Luol Deng, who did score 21 points with nine rebounds, but was never able to rally his team.
More and more, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo is looking like a genius by signing Moon as a free agent this past summer. Moon has toiled in the basketball minor leagues the last few years, including a stint with the Harlem Globetrotters, and said that the spectacular play in the fourth quarter was just the first of many more to come.
"It's there. I'm just feeling my way out right now," he said.
Perhaps it was some divine intervention that helped Moon with his game. As Moon made his way to chapel prior to the contest, he stopped in front of Mitchell and asked: "Coach. Can I go pray?"
To which the joking Mitchell replied: "I pray for you everyday. I pray that you do something out on the court."
Jorge Garbajosa, who will consult with a specialist in Baltimore today about his injured leg/ankle, was at the ACC for the Raptors-Bulls tilt, but did not sit on the bench, electing to stay in the locker room area.