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Iron Prince

Looking to finish off a win that they had to have, the Milwaukee Bucks turned to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on Saturday night.

Luc put the Bucks on his back in the fourth quarter and recorded his second double-double of the season to pull out a 104-101 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at the Bradley Center.

Milwaukee was clinging to their lead when No. 12 took the game over late in the fourth quarter to keep the Bucks ahead of the surging Bobcats. With 4:02 remaining, Luc Richard converted a three-point play to put the Bucks up 13. He went on to score seven of his team’s final 14 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line, as the Bucks closed out their sixth win of the season.

Luc finished with 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting and grabbed 10 boards, including four on the offensive glass. But the most impressive stat of the night can be found at the beginning of his line as Luc Richard recorded a game and season-high 47 minutes.

In fact, No. 12, making his ninth start of the season, was only out of the game for a total of 38 seconds. It was the final seconds of the first half. Put it to the mathematical test and Luc played 98.7 percent of Saturday’s game, and may have played the full 48 if not for recording a foul prior to his exit.

Alex Boeder of Brew Hoop gave The Prince his due:

Luc Mbah a Moute – Scott Skiles again started him at small forward — and played him 47 minutes and 22 seconds out of 48 minutes. Not all of those minutes were at small forward, but most were.

And The Prince did a fine (not the « okay » kind of fine, the « quite good » kind of fine) job. Namely, he hit four clutch free throws in the final minute, including those two huge ones to extend the lead to 100-95 with 22 ticks. I’ve no idea why Luc, owner of a 60.0 % free throw average coming in, was the guy taking those two, but he made them, and he made 6-7 tonight.

In all, 12 points on seven shots and 10 boards is what we ask for.

The game was a must-win for the Bucks, who had lost their previous five games and face a tough upcoming schedule, so Luc’s ability to step up proved crucial not only to the game, but the season.

ANOTHER BIG NIGHT
Luc’s Saturday night double-double was nearly his second in three games.

On Wednesday, No. 12 was just one rebound short of doubling his pleasure. Instead he came up with 10 points and nine rebounds, including three boards on the offensive side of the ball. But the Bucks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 83-81, when Mo Williams sank a game-winning jumper as time expired.

No. 12 had a solid performance, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and helped the Bucks keep it close throughout the fourth quarter. Luc actually gave the Bucks their last lead of the game with 3:47 left in the game when he drove to the hoop on a John Salmons pass to go up 79-77.

NEXT UP
The Bucks travel to Utah tonight to take on the surging Utah Jazz.

Utah comes back-to-back wins off wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers and the lengthy Jazz will be a tough assignment for the Bucks lineup.

Tip-off is at 8:00 CST and you can see all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED ARTICLES
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Milwaukee Bucks- Play by Play (ESPN, Nov. 27, 2010)
Jennings lights up Charlotte to halt losing streak again (Brew Hoop, Nov. 27, 2010)
Cavaliers 83, Bucks 81: Mo Williams still loves buzzer beaters (Brew Hoop, Nov. 25, 2010)

Luc Does the Little Things

As the Milwaukee Bucks move deeper into an important season for the franchise, they’re learning how important Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is to what they do.

Luc got his sixth straight start on Saturday night with Carlos Delfino sitting out with a neck strain and No. 12 put up a line that has become defined as « Luc-like » for its well-rounded numbers.

Luc dropped seven points, grabbed four rebounds, dished two assists, picked off one steal and registered one block in Saturday night’s home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jeramey Jannene of Bucks Blog The Bratwurst describes how Luc Richard somehow always manages to find the rim even on a team where he isn’t a top scoring option.

« Moute Kicks Boute -Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is the silent assassin on the Bucks. He typically has to defend the best offensive player on the other team, be it Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Durant. As a reward for his hard work, Mbah a Moute never gets a single play called for him. So how does he post a career average of seven points a game? The offensive glass. Despite being undersized as a starting power forward, Luc Richard yanks down over two offensive rebounds a game. Those rebounds usually go straight back up and result in two points for the good guys. »

No. 12 is currently averaging 2.2 offensive rebounds per game and 9.2 rebounds per 40 minutes. Luc and David West of the New Orleans Hornets are the only two players in the top 25 in offensive rebounds per game to record fewer than 10 total boards per game, giving Luc one of the highest offensive rebounding ratios in the NBA.

Luc Richard’s stuffed line on Saturday followed a Friday night in Philly where Luc Richard registered the best point differential among Bucks’ players that played at least 10 minutes. He scored four points on 2-of-3 from the field and added three boards and an assist in Milwaukee’s 90-79 loss.

NBA ROYALTY
ESPN’s Page 2 recently went one-on-one with No. 12 to discuss his status as a Prince in Cameroon.

Luc told Matt Lindner that it isn’t as glamorous as its made out to be:

« I didn’t have people throwing rose petals at myself or things like that, » he said, « but I definitely enjoyed being the prince of a chief. »

Mbah a Moute grew up in Bia Messe, Cameroon, a small village just outside the capital of Yaounde. His father, Camille Mouté à Bidias, is the elected village chief there.

While he says growing up as a prince had its perks, it wasn’t quite what you might think.

« Not really, just go to different meetings and traditional events, » he said. « I don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to make any decisions. That’s all my Dad. »

Luc also told Lindner that he plans a return to him native Cameroon whenever he decides to call it a career in the NBA:

« I don’t think I’ll take over for my Dad but I’ll be doing a lot of different things [there], » he said. « I don’t know what I want to do right now, but I’m definitely going back. »

NEXT UP
The Bucks look to buck a three-game skid on the road against the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Luc and the Bucks play four of their next five games on the road including back-to-back games against the perennial Western Conference playoff contenders Utah and Denver next week.

But first they’ll begin the five-game stretch against three sub-.500 teams in the East starting with Cleveland on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST and you see all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

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NBA Stats (NBA.com, Nov, 2010) 
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (The Bratwurst, 2010)
NBA’s Luc Mbah A Moute is a prince in Cameroon (ESPN.com, November 17, 2010)

Snake Charmer

When the Milwaukee Bucks play against the best scorers in the NBA, the task falls to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to stifle those stars.

So when the Los Angeles Lakers came to Milwaukee on Tuesday night, as expected, Luc was one of the players Milwaukee Head Coach Scott Skiles appointed to help contain Kobe Bryant.

With the help of John Salmons, Luc did everything he could to keep the player who once referred to himself as ‘The Black Mamba’ from getting to the hoop.

Before the game, teammates agreed that Luc Richard, who has been asked to guard all comers — from the fast and shifty Monta Ellis to the large and powerful Roy Hibbert — was the team’s best chance at containing Kobe. Bucks center Andrew Bogut told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel why No. 12 was the best man for the job:

« He’s our best perimeter defender. Kobe’s going to score 20 just because of the amount of shots he gets up. We just need Luc to keep contesting every shot and make sure [Bryant] knows he’s there every shot. »

As Bogut expected, Bryant took a high-volume of shots, 23 in all, making only 10 and Luc and Co. held him to an 0-fer from the perimeter. Meanwhile, the Bucks went on the attack and took a 59-57 lead into halftime.

But Milwaukee couldn’t hold on, though in the end, it wasn’t Bryant who beat the Bucks. LA got a huge fourth quarter from Shannon Brown, who finished with 21 points off the bench, including 16 in the fourth on 6-6 shooting and 4-of-4 from three and the Lakers pulled away, defeating the home team 118-107.

Coming into the game, Luc Richard understood that his assignment would be a difficult one, after all, it wasn’t the first time his team called on him to guard one of the league’s best players.

But for No. 12, Bryant is a completely different animal, as the Prince told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« He’s the best at what he does. I feel every team has a player like that who can score the ball. But Kobe does a lot of other things. He’s got a motor and he gets his teammates involved even when he’s not scoring.

« We’ve just got to do it as a team. He has the ability to turn it on whenever he wants to. You’ve got to come out and make it tough on him no matter what. Sometimes it feels like he can go 0 for 10 in the first half and 15 for 20 in the second half. »

Most players might see guarding the league’s best as a daunting task. But not only has Luc been up to the task since being drafted by the Bucks, he’s also been taking on some of the league’s stars since back when he was wearing No. 23 at UCLA.

Luc can recall several occasions in which NBA players would workout on the UCLA campus and go one-on-one with he and his Bruin teammates, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« I was fortunate enough to be at UCLA when we had a lot of pros come in (during the summer). To play with those guys, Kobe, Paul Pierce, Baron Davis, you name it. It was intimidating, but it was more fun. Those guys were our role models because we saw them on TV. »

So when another star comes to Milwaukee, or the Bucks enter the arena of one of the league’s best, Luc will be up to the challenge.

NEXT UP
The Bucks look to start a new winning streak and climb back to the .500 mark when they head East on Friday night to take on Elton Brand and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Philadelphia is currently undermanned as the team’s best player, Andre Iguodala, makes his way back from an achilles injury. Last season, Luc averaged more than six rebounds per game against the Sixers, so expect No. 12 to be a force on the glass in the City of Brotherly Love on Friday.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CST and, though the game will not be televised locally, you can listen live on 620 AM WTMJ.

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Bucks mete out detail to guard Bryant (JS Online, Nov. 15, 2010)

Luc Locks Down in Win

Luc Richard Mbah A Moute was tasked with defending one of the NBA’s leading scorers on Saturday night, but challenges always make Luc bring his best.

No. 12 was back in the starting five for the third straight game and played 39 big minutes, providing tight defense on Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis. But while his defense was the ex-factor, he also had time to pour in six points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help his short-handed Milwaukee Bucks team to a 79-72 victory at home.

Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings was quick to praise Luc’s performance, especially his work on Ellis, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

« Luc Mbah a Moute did a good job on Monta Ellis; it’s not easy guarding that guy. I’d put him at the top right now as one of the hardest guys to guard in the NBA. He just goes and he can score at will. »

But their would be no scoring at will for Ellis, who Luc and company held to 24 points on 16 shots.

Milwaukee’s starters were forced to stretch their minutes on Saturday night due to injuries that limited the Bucks’ depth and No. 12 was one of four starters with double digits in rebounding along with Andrew Bogut (17), Brandon Jennings (11) and Drew Gooden (10). Luc also dished out three assists and iced the game late in the fourth quarter.

With just 21 seconds left, and the Warriors still down five, Golden State was forced to foul. They put Luc Richard on the foul line, where he was already 2-of-3 on the night, to shoot two. With two swishes, The Prince put the lead at seven and out of reach of the visitors.

Their third straight victory pushes the Bucks back to .500 at 5-5, just one game back of the Chicago Bulls in the Central division standings. With another stellar performance No. 12 also found his way on to Brew Hoop blogger, Alex Boeder’s « Three Good » portion of Saturday’s game recap.

« Onward, Forwards. After starting frequently at power forward last season, Luc Mbah a Moute is looking more and more comfortable starting at small forward, which shouldn’t surprise considering his versatility. Mbah a Moute delivered a classic Mbah a Moute performance, notching a 6/12/3 line on 1-2 shooting while guarding most everyone, including Monta Ellis. »

NEXT UP
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers make their first and only trip to Milwaukee on Tuesday night as the Bucks look to extend their win streak to four games.

Bryant will be in for a long night with Luc Richard shadowing his every move. Game time is 7:00 p.m. CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

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Bucks 79, Warriors 72: A different kind of 55 in win over Warriors (Brew Hoop, Nov. 13, 2010)
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Just Better with Luc

The Milwaukee Bucks are starting to get hot and the team’s recent success can all be traced back to a night when Luc Richard Mbah A Moute joined the starting five.

Luc got his first start of the season in a 94-90 Bucks win over the Indiana Pacers last Friday, but was back on the bench for an 87-81 loss to the Hornets on Saturday.

However when No. 12 stepped up again on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, the Bucks clicked once more. Luc poured in 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with a pair of steals as the Bucks defeated the New York Knicks 107-80.

After another win with Luc starting, over the Hawks on Wednesday, the Bucks are now 3-0 when Luc starts and 1-4 when he comes off the bench. In that lone win, Luc played 35 minutes off the bench for Drew Gooden, scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. Those type of numbers don’t lie and it’s pretty clear at this point that Luc Richard is a pivotal part of Milwaukee’s success.

On Tuesday, Luc was one of seven Bucks players to record double digits in points, dropping 10 on 50 percent shooting (3-6 FG, 4-6 FT). His performance made No. 12 a part of the « Three Bucks » portion of Alec Boeder’s write-up over at Brew Hoop. A spot that he’s had a nice run in recently.

« The Prince missed both of his jumpers on the evening, but head-faked, pump-faked, and pivot-foot shifted his way to 3-4 at the hoop, including an and-one. Starting at small forward in place of Carlos Delfino (neck strain), Mbah a Moute excelled on both sides of the ball. »

The Bucks raced out to a 22-point lead after the first quarter and the game was never close. Luc Richard led the way with a game-high 35 minutes, as well as an impressive +26 point differential. No. 12’s eight rebounds were also good for second among Bucks’ players. All that came even after he left the game in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game with an injury to his right arm.

But Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote that Luc’s injury was nothing to worry about:

« Forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute suffered a right arm injury and went to the locker room for X-rays early in the third quarter. Mbah a Moute said the X-rays were negative and he returned to the lineup with 7:05 left in the third quarter and the Bucks ahead by 16 points. »

Luc also played the injury off as a minor hiccup:

« I got caught in a screen and hyper-extended it. It’s sore now that the game is over. »

Sure enough, one night later, No. 12 was back in the starting five and had two steals and two points in a 108-91 win over the Hawks.

After falling behind 26-21 after the first quarter, a scorching offensive performance and a dominating one on defense pushed the Bucks to a 33-14 second quarter. Milwaukee’s 13-point halftime lead eventually led to a 17-point win on the road for No. 12 and the deer.

On the defensive end, Luc Richard helped limit the usually dangerous combination of Josh Smith and Joe Johnson to just 21 points combined on 8-of-22 shooting. Neither player was able to get to the line with much success either (5-7 FT combined).

NEXT UP

The Bucks are currently in an odd stretch of their schedule when they play just seven games in 18 days from November 6 to November 23, offering an opportunity for the team to get healthy

The fourth game of that slate is this Saturday in Milwaukee where the Bucks host the Golden State Warriors. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm. CST and the game can be seen regionally on FSN Wisconsin and nationally on NBA TV.

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Tuesday game report: Knicks vs. Bucks (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 9, 2010)
Bucks 107, Knicks 80: Bogut and Jennings dunk Knicks (Brew Hoop, Nov. 9, 2010)

A Tall Tale for No. 12

In his first start of the season, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was superb on Friday night and brought the energy needed for the Milwaukee Bucks to snap out of their funk.

Luc earned the start when migraines made starting center Andrew Bogut a late scratch. In Bogut’s absence, Luc Richard was issued a tough defensive assignment in 7’2″ Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert.

But No. 12 made the best of his opportunity, dropping 10 points and pulling down a game-high 15 boards for his first double-double of the year. The Prince also contributed two assists, a steal and a block in Milwaukee’s 94-90 victory over the Pacers in Indiana.

« I think I just had to bring energy because Bogues (Bogut) was out and we haven’t been playing with a lot of intensity, » Luc said. « It paid off for us. We just tried to use our quickness (against Hibbert), not to let him get the ball. You’ve got to rely on your teammates. »

« A lot of times when Ersan was trying to get in front of him, I would come from behind. Every time he (Hibbert) had the ball and was trying to dribble, we had the guards come in and dig the ball. I think everybody was right on their cues tonight as far as defense. That really helped us. »

Frank Madden of Brew Hoop included Luc in his « Three Good » portion of Friday night’s game, a well-deserved mention.

« We’ve seen this before, haven’t we? Starting at his familiar power forward position, Luc made absolutely nothing look easy, but his battling in the paint and occasional slashes to the cup represented everything that was right about the Bucks tonight. »

Of his 15 rebounds, six came on the offensive glass, which was two more than the entire Pacers team. Over the course of the weekend, No. 12 grabbed 10 offensive boards.

Unfortunately, the Bucks weren’t able to carry their momentum back to Milwaukee and fell to the undefeated New Orleans Hornets 87-81 on Saturday. Luc Richard was back to coming off the bench Saturday night, but tied for the third most minutes played with 32, well more than starter Drew Gooden (20).  No. 12 finished with six points and seven boards.
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Bucks 94, Pacers 90: Salmons steps up while Bogut sits (Brew Hoop, Nov. 6, 2010)
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Luc Answers the Call

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was back in full effect on Saturday night as the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Charlotte Bobcats in their home debut of the 2010-11 season.

After being inactive due to an injury in the Bucks’ first game and working his way back in limited minutes on Friday, Luc showed out on Saturday night in helping Milwaukee pick up its first win on the season, 99-88 over the Charlotte Bobcats.

No. 12 played 35 minutes after starting forward Drew Gooden got into early foul trouble and as usual The Prince made the most of his time on the floor, almost registering a double-double, with nine points and nine rebounds. Perhaps the most impressive, and still least surprising, statistic in Luc’s line was his game-high five offensive rebounds that equaled the total for the entire Bobcats team.

Milwaukee Head Coach Scott Skiles was very impressed with Luc’s performance, and his ability to step up in the clutch, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« I thought he was very good,” Skiles said. “He looked like himself. He stabilized things. He comes in with his defensive presence, and he knows everything we’re trying to do. Obviously, we still have some kinks to work out because we have half a new team, but he knows everything we’re trying to do and I thought he really stabilized us tonight. »

Even after a night in which he performed so well on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court, Luc still believes he has things to improve on. More time on the floor should help him greatly, the Bucks’ forward told the Journal-Sentinel:

« When you’re out there, you have to do whatever.” Luc said. “Especially now with the bad start that we had, we needed people to go out there and help turn things around and make plays. That’s why I was out there, and I think what a lot of guys did tonight, that’s why we won.”

Luc said that defending their home court and also getting off the schnide with their first win of the season, are building blocks for the Bucks after the first week.

« It was good to win the home opener,” he said. “We felt like we didn’t play to our best ability on the road against Minnesota. We wanted to come back home and play hard and do everything we could to win the game. »

Alex Boeder of Brew Hoop seemed as excited as anyone regarding Luc’s play Saturday night:

“The defense, we know all about that, but it just doesn’t get old. A big offensive night producing a lot of points is a lot more straightforward, and is easier to understand and see. These ace defensive games from Mbah a Moute? We know his positioning, spacing, concentration, feet, and awareness make it work, but none of it is so obvious to make it routine to watch.”

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
The fact that Luc seems to come up with clutch offensive boards on a nightly basis isn’t a coincidence.

No. 12 knows exactly where to put himself on the floor to be successful.

At the end of the third quarter Saturday night, Luc was in a spot where he can often be found, underneath the glass waiting for a loose ball. After a teammate misfired and with just seconds left in the quarter Luc Richard dropped in a bucket off the offensive rebound to extend the Bucks’ lead to double digits.

It was just another example of how much better a healthy Luc makes Milwaukee. Coach Scott Skiles can’t wait to have his standout back at full strength and he should be back at 100 percent soon enough. Saturday night’s game was a big step, as Luc told the MJS:

« To be able to go back to back on the ankle was definitely good. A lot of progress has been made and that gives me that much more confidence, which is good. »

NEXT UP
Coming up this week, Luc Richard and the Bucks look to extend their win streak against a tough Portland Trailblazers team. The Blazers head to Milwaukee Tonight for a 7:00 tip-off. As usual, you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

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