Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks flexed their muscle this weekend, continuing their hunt for a playoff berth.
The Bucks rode a four-game win streak into an inter-conference matchup against the red-hot Utah Jazz on Friday. Both teams entered the game in the thick of their respective conference’s playoff hunt and although the Jazz held an eight-win advantage entering the game, that didn’t matter to Milwaukee.
Luc grabbed six rebounds, chipped in four points and had a steal as the Bucks dispatched the Utah Jazz, 95-87, on Friday night.
But that was only the beginning of the weekend and Milwaukee finished it just as strong, taking care of the Indiana Pacers 98-94 on Sunday night. Sunday night’s win was the Bucks’ fourth of the season over the Pacers and the sixth win in a row marked the team’s second streak of at least six straight victories in the last month.
Luc Richard, who dropped 10 points and grabbed six boards against the Pacers, downplayed the team’s recent success, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
« I think it’s a tough game just because it’s an early game and after all those big wins we had in a week, it might be hard to focus. But that’s why we need to pick up our focus even higher to make sure we finish the week up strong. And we need to do that because if you don’t do it then those wins we got earlier in the week won’t matter. »
The Bucks’ core group of players continues to excel with every game played together, and are garnering national attention under the defensive tutelage of coach Scott Skiles, as noted by FOX Sports:
Here are the ingredients of Scott Skiles favorite recipe for playing defense
« Quick hands constantly sniping the passing lanes. Perpetual hustle coupled with in-your-face aggression. Overplaying perimeter ball-handlers and forcing them into help spots. Nearby perimeter defenders flashing in and out of driving lanes to discourage quick ball-penetrations. Fairly efficient baseline rotations…Although he was out-sized by Mehmet Okur, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute never backed off. »
Luc and the Bucks will put their six-game win streak on the line Wednesday night against the Clippers.
It’s the team’s first road game after being at home for the past four. Tip-off is at 9:30 CST and you can catch all the action on ESPN and FSN Wisconsin.
Bucks downplay significance of Cleveland, Boston, Utah wins (MJS, March 13, 2010)
Bucks finally have a bright future (FOX News, March 13,2010)