A Winning March

The Milwaukee Bucks let one get away Wednesday night, losing 101-98 on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored four points on 2-3 shooting, and picked up four rebounds.

Even with their loss, the Bucks remain one of the NBA’s hottest teams. They finished the month of March with an 11-5 record and dating back to mid February have won 17 of 22.

With different players stepping up big every game for Milwaukee, No. 12 has occasionally seen fewer minutes. But Bucks’ Head Coach Scott Skiles wanted to make it clear that he doesn’t see any forthcoming changes in his starting five, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« Some of it is just game- related, and Ers (Ilyasova) is playing well. We’re still a team that has lot of interchangeable parts, and we try our best to use them all. Sometimes we’re not playing as well in a game, and that determines the lineup. He (Mbah a Moute) has had a couple tough games around the basket. He’s had some put-backs he normally would make and missed them. There’s no reason for us to change anything yet. »

WEEK IN REVIEW
In case you missed Luc Richard’s performances this week, here’s what happened:

3.30.2010 –  Fans Give Thanks
Several lucky Bucks fan got the chance to meet Luc Richard Sunday night, following a Twitter contest. No. 12 was on hand to give out « Moute Kicks Boute » shirts as well as tickets to Milwaukee’s 108-103 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Quotable:

« Real people do real things. A great guy and I’m proud to have a guy like Luc on the Milwaukee Bucks. Fear the Deer! Moute Kicks Boute – Luc Fan, Timothy Williams

3.31.2010 – Doing It On D
ESPN analyst Maurice Brooks broke down the Defensive Player of The Year race, listing Luc fourth on his ballot.. No. 12 also helped the Bucks’ win over the Los Angeles Clippers with eight points, five boards and two assists.

Quotable:

« If you’re looking for a versatile defender who can cover four positions, rebound, block shots and lock down on the opponent’s top scorer, he’s your man. » – Maurice Brooks on Luc’s legitimate candidacy for DPOY. »

NEXT UP
This weekend will ba a challenge for the Bucks as they face a pair of playoff-bound teams.

Tonight, the Bucks head east to Charlotte for a battle of Eastern Conference playoff contenders. The Bobcats are currently No. 7 in the Eastern Conference standings but need a few crucial wins down the stretch in order to clinch a spot.

Luc Richard has seen plenty of success this year against the Bobcats, averaging 10.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games played. No. 12 missed the team’s first match-up against the Cats, a 95-88 win. Tip-off is at 6:00 CST and you can see the game on FSN Wisconsin.

The Bucks make a brief return home Saturday night to take on the red-hot Phoenix Suns. Luc’s effort was good for six points and five rebounds on Jan. 11 vs. the Suns, but Milwaukee lost the heart breaker 105-101. Tip-off is at 7:30 CST and you can catch the action on FSN Wisconsin.

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