Doing It On D

There are many things that Luc Richard Mbah A Moute does in a given NBA game that don’t ever show up in a box score.

But those that watch this Buck play know what to look for.

Luc Richard has been getting attention for his defensive merits all season and as the season closes and the awards race heats up, No. 12 is getting mention in the Defensive Player of the Year award category.

In a recent ESPN column, Maurice Brooks takes a shot at predicting the league’s biggest awards. Sitting at No. 4 in the DPOY category is Luc Richard, said Brooks:

“4. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks: 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.

Kevin Durant named Mbah a Moute one of the toughest defenders in the league after the Bucks roughed up KD for 48 minutes back in January.”

No. 12 once again played a strong role last night in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 107-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Along with his solid defense, No. 12 shot 50 percent from the field, finishing with eight points and two assists.

Luc continued his streak of keeping plays alive for the Bucks on Tuesday, racking up four more offensive rebounds (5 total). Over his last three games, Luc has pulled down 20 rebounds, 14 of which have come on the offensive side of the ball.

In a recent column for USA Today, Mike Dodd looks at the Bucks’ postseason aspirations and sees a reason for optimism in Milwaukee that hasn’t been around in a long time:

After eight consecutive seasons with 40 or more losses, the Milwaukee Bucks no longer resemble an organization staring blindly into the headlights.

One of the NBA’s hottest teams, the Bucks (41-32) could clinch their first playoff berth in four years this weekend and appear primed to make it an annual appearance after nearly two decades of false starts.

They have won 17 of their last 21 after Tuesday’s victory at home against the Los Angeles Clippers, stood fifth in the Eastern Conference and even have spawned a slogan that is catching on all over town, « Fear the Deer. »

« They’re deceptively good, » Atlanta Hawks guard Maurice Evans said after the Bucks beat them last week in a possible preview of a playoff matchup. « You look at their roster … and you say, ‘This isn’t a team that’s going to win a championship or go deep in the playoffs.’ But somehow they’re still able to contend and earn that respect. »

Luc and his mates can make a real statement in the Fear the Deer campaign tonight when they travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers and Lebron James.

No. 12 dropped a double, double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in a 92-85 win over the Cavaliers at home March 6. Tip-off is 6:00 p.m. CST and you can check out the game on FSN Wisconsin.

NBA Awards Watch (ESPN, March 31, 2010)
The Deer to Fear (USA Today, March 31, 2010)…