LeBron James is expected to return to the lineup for the Miami Heat on Thursday night when the two-time defending champs host Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
James had his nose broken last week in a late-game collision with Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka.
The four-time league MVP practiced with the specially fitted mask on Wednesday, and said the mask was "uncomfortable".
James told the Miami Herald “My game is not going to change.
"Defenses are going to cover me the best way they can. I won’t change my game because of the mask. I will be a little tentative at first going out there, but I’ll get used to it.”
He did wear a mask to protect a broken cheek bone back in 2005, while a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he came up with one of the top dunks of his career, coincidentally against the Miami Heat.
Miami is 40-14 with 22 games left to play in the regular season, and the Hear are two games back of the Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the eastern conference.