INDIANAPOLIS ó Itís going to be more Zorro than Hannibal Lecter, but chances are the mask Hedo Turkoglu was fitted for Monday night when the Raptors arrived here, isnít going to be around for too long at all.
Turkoglu, who wore a mask for exactly one game after he broke his nose when he got in the way of teammate Dwight Howardís elbow two years ago during a game in Houston, said Tuesday night this new mask will get probably as much use.
The area under his right eye where he has a small displaced fracture is still sore, but Turkoglu said he just canít get comfortable playing with the mask on so he doesnít give it very long. Heíll give it a try, but Turkoglu said it might be off by the time the second half rolls around.
Itís going to be at least a couple of days before Turkoglu is back on the court so heíll miss at least both ends of the back-to-back which began Tuesday in Indy and finishes Wednesday at home against the New Jersey Nets.
The Raptors were fortunate they were coming to Indianapolis, where one of a handful of guys who fits masks for players resides.
Unlike the mask when he broke his nose, the mask he will be wearing when he returns only covers the eye area and extends about three-quarters of the way down his nose. The first mask he wore when he was with the Magic went all the way below his nose.
So far this season, Turkoglu has missed two games ó one with a sore left hip and another with an upper respiratory infection.