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.
Bucks 94, Pacers 90: Salmons steps up while Bogut sits (Brew Hoop, Nov. 6, 2010)
Mbah a Moute takes on tall order for Bucks (JS Online, Nov. 5, 2010)