Bargnani becomes Zorro

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

From an esthetics standpoint, that 1950s era mask Andrea Bargnani was wearing was a total flop, but it's hard to argue its practicality and what it did for Bargnani.

Still feeling discomfort in the face afterJarmio Moon inadvertantly caught him right under the nose with an elbow on Monday in Salt Lake City, Bargnani's mask (one Raps employee suggested someone had gone around the corner to the Hockey Hall of Fame and ripped it out of the Jacques Plante exhibit) certainly appeared to give him a level of comfort as Bargnani drove the basket like rarely before.

"Who was that masked man," Mitchell asked. "I hope he wears the mask, if he's goign to play like that, from now on. I told (trainer) Scott McCullough to order a few more. I may coach in one if it continues to work like that."

As a precaution yesterday, Bargnani underwent a CT scan of his face to ensure the original X-ray he in Salt Lake City didn't miss anything. Results of the scan were not known at press time.

FLY ME TO THE MOON

Mabye it was the fact that there were so many D-Leaguers playing for Miami, but Moon's comfort level reached its season high. Mitchell certainly didn't recognize the guy who drove the rim twice for put-back dunks, both of them worthy of inclusion in any sports highlights package.

"That guy who drove to the basket twice last night with Jamario's jersey on, I don't know who it was, but if that guy shows up again he has to drive the ball to the basket, and not necessarily to score but to make passes, and get other people opportunities," Mitchell said of what he's looking for from Moon tonight in Cleveland. "I was shocked when he drove the ball to the basket those two times."

Mitchell said he hopes that reinforces to Moon that he is quick enough to do that sort of thing and that he makes the team better when he does.


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