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Windy City Double Up

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute found himself back in the starting lineup Tuesday night and given the opportunity to shine, he did not disappoint.

Starting for the first time since December 13th, the Bucks’ defensive guru recorded his third double-double of the season against the Chicago Bulls with 12 points (5-of-9 FG) and 10 rebounds.

Per usual, No. 12 did what he does best on the glass, grabbing six offensive rebounds to give his team crucial second chances at points.

However, the Bucks weren’t able to keep the Bulls from extending their lead in the fourth quarter, and fell on the road 90-77. As Luc told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, his individual merits mean little when they don’t assist in a victory.

« I was just trying to give my effort, » he said. « We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to go out there and win games; that’s what we get paid to do. We’ve got to find a way, whether it’s guys getting more alert defensively or guys working on their shots so we can start making shots. We’ve got to do a little extra to start playing better. »

He was, however, impressed with the team’s « never give up » mentality.

« We came out a little sluggish and fought our way back in the second quarter and made it a good game, » Mbah a Moute said. « Even in the third quarter we hung in there. »

No. 12 was named the top performer for the Bucks in ESPN’s box score Tuesday night, but also got some very well-deserved recognition from Frank Madden over at BrewHoop:

« Luc Mbah a Moute. This one’s pretty easy because he was the only guy who actually played well. Mbah a Moute’s work on the offensive boards gave the Bucks a shot of energy in the early going, and he mixed in a couple jumpers and some nifty slashes to the hoop in one of his better offensive performances of the season. Back in the starting lineup, and he deserved to be. »

DEFENSE DRAWS ATTENTION
It’s still early in the NBA season but that didn’t stop ESPN from taking a glimpse at how the end-of-season NBA awards may turn out.

While most honors were littered with the usual suspects, the Defensive Player of the Year quintet rolled out with two hard-nosed, gritty teammates, who are earning a reputation of their own.

Coming in at No. 2, is Bucks center Andrew Bogut, who was called one of the best defenders of the past decade, and rounding out the top five was none other than Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. ESPN’s Zach Harper explained his nomination of Luc:

« 5. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks: Much like his teammate above, LRMAM isn’t the type of guy to get his proper due defensively. However, Luc Richard has been one of the most versatile defenders while guarding just about every position on the floor and helping stop pick-and-roll plays with his quick feet and expansive wingspan. »

No. 12 continues to draw the league’s best players and keeps shutting them down, so it’s only fitting that his reputation as one of the NBA’s top defenders should blossom.

RIVALRY RENEWED
Last season, the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks began a rivalry that has year-in and year-out playoff implications for two young teams on the rise.

The first series of the rivalry went to the Hawks, who ousted the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs a year ago. But each game over the last two seasons has been a brawl and the two teams renewed acquaintances on Monday night in Milwaukee.

Luc Richard chipped in four points, while helping contain high-scoring Hawks forward Josh Smith to just 13 points and only allowing him one trip to the foul line. But the Hawks had the keys to victory Monday night, sealing a 95-80 win.

The teams have now split a pair of games this season, with each team winning on the road. The Bucks will get another chance at the Hawks in the new year, when they head back to Atlanta for Game 3 on January 11th.

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and his teammates have some time to regroup this week with a three-day break between games.

But after their break, the Bucks face what looks to be their toughest stretch of the season ahead.

It starts on New Year’s Day in Milwaukee when they take on the Dallas Mavericks to start 2011. The Bucks then travel to Florida where they’ll take on Miami and Orlando and return home to face Miami a second time. Luc Richard should see significant minutes in all contests as the Bucks’ try to keep some of the league’s elite scorers in check.

Saturday tip-off against Dallas is at 8 p.m. CST and you can catch the action on FSN Wisconsin.

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Bucks Deploy Luc to Control Champs

The Milwaukee Bucks held the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers to a season-low 79 points on Tuesday night, and Luc Richard Mbah A Moute was a huge reason why.

No. 12 played the relief role to perfection on Tuesday night, coming off the bench and giving his team 28 hard-nosed minutes. Luc Richard followed through witheight points, three boards, an assist and a block while playing superb defense in Milwaukee’s 98-79 win.

As usual, Luc was delegated to the opposing team’s best scorer, in this case Kobe Bryant. Alex Boeder of Brew Hoop, attributed the win to great defense by Luc Richard and the rest of the Bucks:

« Luc Mbah a Moute was tremendous against Bryant down the stretch, as was John Salmons when matched up with him. And so the low points are marked with bad offense, and the high points are marked with great defense. As unpredictable as the Bucks are right now, and as different as they are from last season, that much remains clear. »

Bryant finished with 21 points on 16 shots and had his frustration boil over in the form of an ejection after a double technical in the fourth quarter. The Bucks clearly got under his skin and coach Scott Skiles believed the work on Bryant was one of the keys to the game, as he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

« I thought we did a really respectable job on Kobe. We didn’t go for those (pump-fakes) tonight. We stayed down and tried to make him tough shots. Those guys (Salmons and Mbah a Moute) did a really nice job on him. »

His defense stood out yet again, but Luc also helped the Bucks to the win on the offensive end.

Up five with just 9:34 left in the game, Luc Richard extended the lead to 77-70 on a nice inside basket and then followed it up with a big block of Shannon Brown on the other end.

Just minutes later, after an Earl Boykins three-pointer, Luc drilled a jumper to extend the Bucks’ lead to 10 with 6:48 to go. From there they cruised to a road win in Los Angeles, only the third team to beat the Lakers on their home floor this season.

DEFENSE WEARS THE CROWN
Following their win in Los Angeles, Luc and the Bucks wrapped their road trip on Thursday night in Sacramento.

Behind another solid team defensive showing, Milwaukee won going away, 84-79. The win pushed the Bucks to 3-0 when they hold an opponent under 80 points. Two of those wins have come in the last three days.

« We made some really good plays on the defensive end and scored just enough, » coach Scott Skiles told the Journal-Sentinel, « made just enough baskets to get the lead and then our defense carried us down the stretch. »

Luc finished 2-of-3 from the field for six points and a pair of rebounds. He split his time defensively on Sacramento’s Carl Landry and Francisco Garcia and held the duo to nine points each.

No. 12 entered the game with 4:15 left in the first, his team trailing by six, and helped spark a rally. On his very first possession in the game, Luc stepped up to deny the drive of Donte Greene and drew a charge on Greene that turned the ball over to Milwaukee.

Luc’s defensive intensity quickly became contagious and the Bucks drew three charges on Sacramento in the span of 1:06 off the clock.

The Luc Richard caused turnover also ignited an 11-0 Bucks run to take the lead. During that run, Luc grabbed his first rebound off the defensive glass and dished to Earl Boykins. Boykins pushed it up court as No. 12 trailed the play and cut into the lane, where Boykins found him on the drive. Luc laid it in to tie the score at 17 and got fouled. His subsequent free throw put Milwaukee ahead 18-17.

Luc added his other three points in another huge situation. With 5:30 left in the fourth and the score tied at 75, No. 12 drove baseline and drew a foul on Samuel Dalembert. His 1-of-2 trip to the line put Milwaukee up 76-75. He would add a beautiful driving layup less than a minute later to make it 78-75 and the Bucks carried that lead to victory.

The back-to-back wins were huge for Milwaukee as they broke a three-game losing streak and proved that they are ready to fight through adversity.

After a tough night in Portland Monday, learning Brandon Jennings will be out four to six weeks with a foot injury and then being blown out by the Blazers, everyone on the team had to step up their play.

After two games and two terrific performances, no one has exemplified that idea like Luc Richard.

HELPING ANY WAY HE CAN
Luc has been making a difference on the court for the Bucks as they make a run at the playoffs for the second straight year.

But it’s off the court where Luc affects the most lives.

In a recent feature for the Bucks’ Official Website, Truman Reed of Bucks Beat examined what giving back and caring in the community mean to Luc:

The Milwaukee Bucks paid their annual visit to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin recently, doing whatever they could to lift the spirits of patients from the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and their families.

Like his teammates, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute approached the experience with a sense of compassion and came away with an even deeper one.

« When we visited, we saw little kids who had cancer, and some of them are really struggling with that, » Mbah a Moute said. « It’s really sad. »

At the same time, no one could blame Mbah a Moute if his thoughts drifted back to his homeland of Cameroon, Africa, where far more children are suffering and few benefit from the advanced training of the doctors and the high-tech, state-of-the-art medical care we have in the United States.

« Yeah, it’s definitely a lot different in Cameroon, » Mbah a Moute said. « It wasn’t until, 2000, I think, that we had a hospital that was kind of like a children’s hospital. We had a general hospital that had an area where the kids were. And in terms of materials and equipment that they have here, you walk in the room and there would be one kid in a room, with a TV.

« In Cameroon, there was one big room with a lot of kids, unless you’d go to a nicer hospital where they gave you your own rooms. Those were a lot more expensive, for people who have money. »

Luc told Reed that one of his lifelong goals is to be able to use his place in the NBA to help change that:

« Hopefully I’ll have a long and successful career so that I can invest and do something after I’ve retired, similar to what (Dikembe) Mutombo has done, » Mbah a Moute said. « It’s not just building hospitals, but working with the government and trying to help put the materials and medicine where people need it.

« We have the hospitals; it’s what’s inside the hospitals that matters. In some parts of the country, you’ll find materials and equipment that’s 20, 25 years old. It’s stuff that’s not even used anymore. There’s so much new and better technology that evolves every day that can save lives. But they don’t see it there because they don’t have the money. »

Mbah a Moute hopes to see relief agencies pitch in, too.

« I haven’t made any connections, but I definitely know of organizations back home that are trying to help people, » he said. « You try to help when you can.

« Hopefully, later on in my career, I’ll be able to help out some hospital or company that can send the materials and medicine to the people who really need it. »

To read Reed’s entire article on what Luc is doing to help, click here.

NEXT UP
Milwaukee has two games left in the 2010 calendar year before flipping over to 2011.

They return home from the West Coast this weekend and are back in action on Monday as the Atlanta Hawks come to the Bradley Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.

One night later, the Bucks are back on the road, but they don’t have to travel far as they visit the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls. That game also tips at 7 p.m. CST and both games can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Luc to Pick Up Slack

On a tough night for the Milwaukee Bucks both on and off the court, it was Luc Richard Mbah a Moute who was there to pick up the pace.

Just hours after finding out that their sparkplug, point guard Brandon Jennings, will miss 4-6 weeks after foot surgery, the Bucks were on the wrong end of a 106-80 loss Monday night to the Trailblazers in Portland.

But No. 12 never gave up on his team, finishing with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Coming off the bench for the third straight game, Luc also recorded a team-high 34 minutes.

With his hard-nosed play in Portland, Luc garnered recognition from Frank Madden of Brew Hoop:

« Luc Mbah a Moute. Not a huge line —10 pts on nine shots, seven rebs in 34 minutes, but Mbah a Moute was the only other guy who seemed to be channeling his energies in a vaguely productive manner. »

But Luc wasn’t satisfied with a solid individual performance and believes the Bucks need to be stronger in all phases of the game, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« It shouldn’t have happened. They have players who were hungry, hungrier than us tonight, » Luc said. « All the offensive rebounds, loose balls, they were on it and we weren’t. They just really hit us in the mouth and we couldn’t recover. »

Luc knows that going forward, if the team wants to win without Jennings, they’re going to need to play a lot harder as a team.

« The whole team, we didn’t play hard, » Mbah a Moute told the Journal-Sentinel. « With Brandon out, he’s our leading scorer. We have to go out there and play harder. If we don’t play with urgency we’re going to have tough nights, tough games. »

« GUTSY » ON DEFENSE
Luc’s tight defense continues to impress and it nearly helped the Bucks knock off the league’s best team last week.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was on hero duty Wednesday night in San Antonio against the Spurs looking to preserve a tie game and send Milwaukee to an extra frame. But instead he was the victim of a tough call on the final shot that gave San Antonio the victory.

With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Luc Richard was given the assignment to take on Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. No. 12 provided the Bucks with superb defense, staying on the dangerous San Antonio shooter the whole possession.

However, at the moment, Ginobili took a step-back jumper that fell through the net and stunned the Bucks as time expired.

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Scott Skiles was supportive of Luc Richard’s gutsy ‘D’ on the final shot and said he thought Ginobili traveled on the play, as he explained to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« It was great D. He made him travel. We just looked at it about five times (on video), » Skiles said. « He hit a great shot. Luc had great D on him. But we have to get a good quality shot right there and we couldn’t get one. »

Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk also believed that Ginobil’s shot was indeed a travel and the Bucks should have at least gotten a chance in overtime:

« Ginobili drives left (of course he does) with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on him, gets to the elbow, plants both feet, steps back and plants both feet again, elevates and hits the shot. That is a textbook travel. Even in the NBA. That was no bunny hop on the drive, that was both feet replanting. Bucks coach Scott Skiles said so after the game to the media, calling it a travel. »

Judge for yourself by watching the video at PBT here.

It was an unfortunate ending for Luc Richard, who chipped in two points and five rebounds off the bench.

Milwaukee tried to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss, briefly returning home to the Bradley Center to face the Utah Jazz on Saturday. No. 12 played 13 minutes off the bench, recording two rebounds.

At one point the Bucks held a double-digit lead over the Jazz, but were unable to hold on against one of the best fourth-quarter teams in the league.

NEXT UP
It doesn’t get any easier for the Bucks, who play another one of the West’s best tonight when they head to Los Angeles to take on the World Champion Lakers.

Luc knows it will take their all for the Bucks to knock off the champs.

« The Lakers are the best team in the league – champions, » he said. « If we come out with the same type of effort, we’re going to get the same type of result, even worse. We need to come out with a different attitude and step it up. »

After outscoring three of the five Bucks’ starters Monday night, No. 12 will look to keep that roll going tonight in LA. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CST and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Blazers 106, Bucks 80: Sorry effort and execution doom Milwaukee (Brew Hoop, Dec. 21, 2010)
Latest defeat really hurts Bucks (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 20, 2010)
Did Manu Ginobili travel on his game winner? Yes he did. (Pro Basketball Talk, Dec. 16, 2010)
Ginobili buzzer-beater saves Spurs (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 15, 2010)

Bucks Snap Dallas’ Streak

Luc Richard Mbah A Moute has developed a reputation around the NBA as a defensive stopper.

He provided more evidence on Wednesday night.

After winning three of four during a last week’s homestand, Luc and the Milwaukee Bucks took their skills on the road to face off against the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas, one of the league’s top teams, was white hot, sporting 12 straight wins dating back to Mid-November.

But leave it to No. 12 and the Deer to be up for the challenge. The Bucks took care of the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center, 103-99 on Monday night, and in the process, extended their own win streak to three.

It was Luc who made the last big play of the win, helping the Bucks, who rallied from a 20-point deficit, finish off their impressive comeback and win.

With his Bucks clinging to a 10-point lead and 11 seconds left, Luc stuck to clutch Mavs shooter Dirk Nowitzki like glue and forced the perennial All-Star to miss an 8-foot jumper in the lane. Keyon Dooling followed with a 2-for-2 trip to the free throw line to ice the game for Milwaukee.

The huge win over Dallas came just two days after another big Bucks win at home against the Houston Rockets.

With their 97-91 win victory, the Bucks improved to 7-5 at the Bradley Center. No. 12 scored four points and grabbed four boards in the Milwaukee triumph.

NEXT UP
The Bucks travel to San Antonio for another road test Wednesday night when they take on the league best 20-3 Spurs.

Luc Richard is expected to get the start at small forward as the Bucks look for their fourth straight win. Tip off is at 7:30 CST and you can catch all the action on FSN.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks (ESPN, Dec. 13, 2010) 

Lob by Luc Lifts Bucks

In a game highlighted by big plays and clutch moments on Wednesday night, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was at the center of it all.

Luc pitched in with eight points, six rebounds and three assists, including the game winner at the buzzer, to help the Milwaukee Bucks defeat the Indiana Pacers, 97-95.

Though No. 12 made big plays all night, the signature moment came with just half a second left in the fourth quarter when he tossed a high-arching inbounds pass over the rim where Andrew Bogut tipped it in at the buzzer to give Milwaukee the win.

Luc Richard, a Cameroon native, grew up playing soccer as a young boy and attributes his pinpoint accuracy on the game-winning lob pass to his experience on the pitch, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« Throw-ins, man, » Mbah a Moute said. « Playing soccer when I was younger. I just used to put it right on their heads. But I haven’t practiced it in a while.

« It was a great touch by Bogues. Sometimes when the ball is right there, the tip-in doesn’t go in. I was just glad it worked for us tonight. »

According to the Journal-Sentinel, the players knew what was coming before coach Scott Skiles called a timeout:

« Bogut said the Bucks knew which play coach Scott Skiles would draw up before they went to the team huddle during the timeout with five-tenths of a second left. And they worked it to perfection, even after a timeout called by Pacers coach Jim O’Brien.

Brandon Jennings set a back screen on Pacers forward Jeff Foster, Bogut rolled to the back of the basket and tipped in the perfect lob from Mbah a Moute.

« It’s not as simple as drawing it up, » Skiles said. « It’s one of those things you work on and only use four or five times a season. »

The win was Milwaukee’s third in five games, all three coming against Eastern Conference Playoff contenders.

« We needed this win big, » Luc told the Journal-Sentinel. « And to have it in this fashion is even bigger for us. Hopefully we can ride that emotional game and help us get out of this funk we’ve been in and start getting some wins over the next few weeks. »

You can check out Luc’s amazing lob here.

PLAY AFTER PLAY
Though the game was decided on a single play, it twisted and turned through the first 47 minutes and 55.5 seconds and eventually became a game that both teams had to have.

Such was the environment over the final several minutes as the game hinged on a series of clutch plays by Luc and his Bucks teammates. Alex Boeder of Brew Hoop described the final minutes of action:

« Indiana grabbed a 91-90 lead on a Danny Granger jumper with 2:33 remaining in regulation. At that point (imagine this) the Bucks had made one field goal in the previous six minutes. And yet Skiles just then inserted Mbah a Moute for Corey Maggette, as clear of a defense-for-offense trade as exists on this team.

From there, Mbah a Moute went on to make a sideline jumper to tie it at 93-93, force Danny Granger to pass the ball away to Hibbert with a chance to win, and make the game-winning pass. »

For his performance and ability to go above and beyond the call of duty, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named Luc Richard its Wednesday night Player of the Game:

« Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had eight points, six rebounds and three assists, but he made two of the biggest plays of the game. His defense forced Danny Granger to pass on the Pacers’ final possession, and they wound up with Roy Hibbert shooting instead and barely hitting the rim. Then the Bucks forward made the perfect inbound pass to Andrew Bogut for the winning basket. »

The win marked Milwaukee’s sixth straight win over their Central Division rival, Indiana, since the beginning of the 2009 season.

CONTAINING THE KING
One game prior to his late-game heroics, Luc was tasked with defending one of the league’s best players and did his best to lock it down.

No. 12 limited LeBron James to just 17 points and forced James into 16 field goal attempts to get that many. Lebron was also under his usual total in assists with just six.

Unfortunately for the Bucks, there was only so much of Luc to go around and Dwayne Wade burned them for 25 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in the 88-78 Heat win on Monday night.

Along with his suffocating defense, Luc Richard posted four points and three boards in 23 minutes.

NEXT UP
The Bucks won’t have long to savor their thrilling Wednesday win, as they’ll host the Houston Rockets on Friday night at the Bradley Center.

After a great all-around performance by Luc Richard on Wednesday night he’ll be needed back on the defensive end Friday to shadow Rockets forward Luis Scola. Scola is coming off a 35 and 12 performance versus the Pistons on Wednesday night, but he’ll have a long night ahead of him trying to get past The Prince.

Friday’s tip off is at 7:30 CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

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Lockdown Luc Stifles Magic’s Carter

The Milwaukee Bucks picked up a huge win over one of the East’s best squads on Saturday night and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was at the forefront.

Luc got his 12th straight start on Saturday night, clocking 34 minutes and grabbing six rebounds as the Bucks handed the visiting Orlando Magic just their fifth loss of the season with a 96-85 win.

No. 12 added an assist, a steal and one free throw while recording a +12 point differential, but his best work was done once again on the defensive end. The Magic found themselves without four starters and key contributors including Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and JJ Redick. That placed the scoring load firmly on the shoulders of shooting guard Vince Carter.

With that in mind, Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles put Luc on Carter and Carter shot just 33 percent from the field. The veteran shooter ended up with 20 points, but had to take 21 shots to get there and his inefficiency helped Milwaukee maintain a lead for the entire game.

Orlando Magic beat writer Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tweeted on Saturday night about the havoc Luc Richard wreaked on Carter and the Orlando offense.

« Awful start for #Magic tonight. They’re down 16-8. Vince Carter bottled up well by Mbah a Moute. VC settled for jumpers. »

The Bucks’ victory over the Magic was their second straight at home and a great confidence builder heading into their next challenge: LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

The streaking Heat visit Milwaukee tonight and its likely that The Prince will be charged with guarding « The King » who is of comparable size to the 6’8″ Cameroon-native.

Frank Madden of Brew Hoop writes in his game preview that Luc will likely earn LeBron duty, while John Salmons will be tasked to the equally dangerous Dwayne Wade:

« D’ing up. Luc Mbah a Moute saw plenty of Wade and James in his first two NBA seasons, but never while playing for the same team. That means Luc will have the difficult task of containing James at the outset while John Salmons starts against Wade, though the Bucks can also take some solace in the fact that there’s only one ball that the two superstars have to share.

Monday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. CST and can be seen regionally on FSN Wisconsin.

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Heat/Bucks: LeBron James leads streaking Miami to BC (Brew Hoop, Dec. 5, 2010)
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks- Box Score (ESPN, Dec. 04, 2010)

Luc Brings the Defense in Denver

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks took a rocky mountain road trip this week with stops in Utah and Denver along the way.

No. 12 got the start again for the Bucks on Wednesday in Denver, No. 12 on the season for him. The Prince chipped in three points, shooting one of two from both the floor and the foul line. He also recorded two assists and three rebounds, one of them coming on the offensive side of the ball.

Meanwhile, No. 12 was charged with defending one of the NBA’s top scorers in Carmelo Anthony and did a solid job.

Anthony, who averages about 45 percent from the field, made less than 33 percent of his shots (4-13) and finished with 14 points, nearly 10 off his season average of 23.2 per game. Anthony, usually a strong rebounder was also held to just four boards in 27 minutes.

With Luc doing the little things all over the floor, the Bucks took command early and at halftime led the Nuggets by five. But Milwaukee was unable to hold off a second half surge by Denver and fell 105-94.

In Utah, Luc started and grabbed four boards to go along with a pair of points and a steal in a 109-88 loss to the Jazz.

Milwaukee was without three starters for Monday night’s game, including center Andrew Bogut, and found it tough to handle the Jazz’ size. But the Bucks fought hard, falling behind just seven through three quarters before the Jazz ultimately put the game away in the fourth.

UCLA LEGACY
Luc’s defensive prowess in the NBA began when he was playing in blue and gold for the UCLA Bruins.

This season the UCLA coaches are trying to instill a bit of Luc into their current roster.

What better way to teach defense to follow in an alum’s footsteps. This past week at a team practice, after hours of watching game footage UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland put in a different kind of tape. This one, game footage of defensive stalwarts like Aaron Afflalo and none other than Luc Richard.

Sophomore Reeves Nelson, who leads the team in scoring with 17.6 points per game said that his coaches’ methods were extremely valuable

« They just took more pride in the defense because they knew that by doing that, they could generate their offense. That’s what Coach was trying to show us. He wants to put an emphasis on transition, but at the same time, if you don’t get a lot of stops, you can’t transition. »

After a one-point loss to Kansas on Thursday, the Bruins are 3-3 on the young season.

NEXT UP
The Bucks return home for a four-game homestand starting Saturday night against the Orlando Magic.

Milwaukee is hopeful they will be at full strength with Andrew Bogut back at center on Saturday. Tip-of is at 7:30 CST and the game can be seen nationwide on NBA TV FSN Wisconsin will broadcast locally.

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UCLA vs. Kansas Preview: Bruins Need to Channel the Force of Luc (Bruins Nation, Dec. 2, 2010)
Milwaukee Bucks-Utah Jazz (ESPN, Nov. 29, 2010)