A Rare Home Loss

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was strong despite limited minutes, but the Milwaukee Bucks suffered a rare home loss Wednesday to the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-86.

No. 12 was used sparingly, but played well on both sides of the ball while on the court. Luc scored four points early in the game, finishing with five, and swiped three steals.

Brew Hoop’s Alex Boeder wondered with Luc playing well, why he didn’t play more:

« While this wasn’t his finest hour, he was fine in 15 minutes, so it’s difficult to understand why Mbah a Moute didn’t play more. Elton Brand was a non-factor, The Prince came up with three steals in limited burn, and the rest of the Bucks couldn’t stop anyone. They needed points to keep up, but Luc made his way to the hoop for a couple baskets including a dunk early. »

Luc Richard knows that if you want to be the best, you have to guard the best.

In a recent piece Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote about coach Scott Skiles’ decision to challenge No. 12 with assignments on some of the top scorers in the league:

« Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute draws some tough assignments. In Milwaukee’s two previous games he was counted on to stop Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson with the games on the line. »

Luc was on Johnson in crunch time and came up aces, twice denying Johnson a good look and helping secure a crucial win for the Bucks against Atlanta.

« I just didn’t want to give him any space; he’s very crafty, » Mbah a Moute said. « I just tried to make him drive because I knew I had the help under the basket. »

No. 12 has been the designated defender from his arrival as a rookie. After a few practices, coach Scott Skiles said that Luc Richard was the team’s best defender. Luc’s defense is aided by his length, including a pair of long arms that can alter the shot of any player he finds himself defending.

« I love doing it and I want to be one of the best in the league at playing defense, » the 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute said. « I’m going to continue to strive and have my teammates helping me like they always have. »

The Bucks look to shake off a big loss, when they take on an Eastern Conference-rival in the Miami Heat.

Luc Richard dropped nine points and grabbed seven rebounds on Feb. 27 against the Heat and with a win, Milwaukee will take the season sweep. Tip-off is at 7:30 CST and you can see the game on FSN Wisconsin.

Recap: Sixers 101, Bucks 86 (Brew Hoop, March 25, 2010)
Wednesday game report: Bucks vs. 76ers (MJS, March, 24, 2010)