Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is known for his defensive abilities, but he’s started to assert himself offensively as well.
Take a deeper look into Milwaukee’s 127-99 loss to Houston on Wednesday night, and you’ll see that Luc was a one-man wrecking crew in the game’s final frame.
No. 12 entered the fourth quarter with just two points on 1-of-3 shooting, following a third quarter in which the Rockets outscored the Bucks 43-14 and extended a five-point halftime lead to 34.
Luc defending Houston’s Jermaine Taylor (Getty Images).
But Luc Richard was doing work in the fourth, scoring 16 of the Bucks’ 33 points. No. 12 finished with a team-high in both points and rebounds, with 18 and eight respectively.
LUC DOIN’ LUC
Wednesday night was Luc Richard’s fourth consecutive game with double-digit points and he continues to draw praise, as noted by Bucksketball.com:
“On a night not much was going the Bucks way offensively, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute could be seen busting his tail in the fourth quarter, getting dunks and stripping offensive players in the post. Mbah a Moute led the Bucks with 18 points and eight rebounds. Just Luc doin’ Luc.”
As for Luc, he’s keeping it cool, trying not to press in the face of adversity as he told Slam Online:
“I just want to come in there and try to give everything we can to try and get a win. If we win, I guess I’m doing my job. The minutes will come. Throughout the flow of the game, I just try to take my shots when they present themselves and just make plays. Don’t force anything and just be solid.”
Luc Richard is shooting 69.2 percent from the field in his last five games while averaging 13.8 points.
PULLING DOWN PRAISE
With every passing game, Luc continues to draw praise, this time from head coach Scott Skiles and teammate Andrew Bogut.
Skiles told Slamonline.com that the game, both offensively and defensively is starting to come to No. 12:
“Back-to-back nights he’s looked much more like himself,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “Sometimes we feel like he’s trying to do a little too much offensively and it’s hurting him. He hustles so much that the game comes to him and that’s what happened tonight. It just came to him, he was on the offensive glass, he found some things around
the basket and knocked down a couple of jumpers.”
Bogut continues to recognize Luc’s improvement on the glass and particularly on defense, where he has shut down some of the league’s best scorers:
“He’s rebounding much better, but I think the other thing is he did a great job on Troy Murphy, who is a very dangerous player for them, and on Danny Granger,” Bogut said. “He’s very, very long and quick and a lot of guys, he’s contesting their shots right up there with them. So, he did a great job defensively for us.”
Multiple sources are reporting that the Bucks and Bulls have agreed to terms on a deal that will send guard John Salmons to Milwaukee in exchange for forwards Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander.
However, it appears the Bucks are not done dealing. ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting that Milwaukee will send rookie guard Jodie Meeks and forward Francisco Elson to Philadelphia in exchange for guard Royal Ivey, the 7-foot-1 Primoz Brezec and a second-round pick.
Luc Richard and the Bucks look to knock the dust off Friday night in Detroit. Milwaukee’s tip-off against the Pistons at 7:00 CST and can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.
Bucks DID Play Wednesday (Bucksketball, Feb. 18, 2010)
Recap: Rockets 127, Bucks 99 (Brew Hoop, Feb. 18, 2010)
Bucks ready to acquire Salmons from Bulls/Bucks make another deal
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 18, 2010)
Cool Hand Luc (Slam Online, Feb 14, 2010)