Doubling Up

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is heating it up on the offensive end of the court.

Luc dropped his second double-double of the season Monday night against the Knicks with 11 points and 11 rebounds in an 83-67 win at Madison Square Garden.

Something about New York must feel right for No. 12 this year. Luc Richard is averaging 14 points and 8.5 rebounds while playing at MSG. With Monday night’s victory, Milwaukee swept the Knicks in their three-game season series, which included two road contests for the Bucks.

LUC PRAISED IN BUNCHES
Luc Richard was an all-out force on both sides of the court Monday night and it earned him kudos from the masses.

Frank Madden of Brew Hoop included Luc in his “Three Bucks” section of Monday’s recap, pointing to Luc’s perfect depiction of a role player:

“Luc Mbah a Moute: 33 min, 11 pts, 5/6 fg, 1/2 ft, 11 rebs, 4 ast, 1 stl
Though guarded by Wilson Chandler on offense, Mbah a Moute started the game matched against McGrady on defense and appeared to have his hands full. Lee found T-Mac for an early back-door play, and McGrady still had enough speed to give Mbah a Moute problems on the drive in the first half.

But it didn’t last, as McGrady slowed as the game went on (a bruised knee didn’t help) and finished just 5/14 from the field for 15 points. Mbah a Moute meanwhile again focused on the dirty work offensively, showing proper discretion in shooting (just one jump shot that I remember) while passing well around the hoop and generally doing the whole “role player” thing nearly perfectly.”

T-MAC’S NIGHTMARE
McGrady may have finished with a team-high 15 points, but with No. 12 in his face, he had to work hard for every single one. Luc Richard and the recently-acquired John Salmons held McGrady to under 36 percent shooting and just seven points after the first quarter, a performance good enough to garner plenty of attention.

Tom Enlund of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Head Coach Scott Skiles both gave praise to Luc’s defense:

STATISTICS SHEET
Guard Tracy McGrady, playing in his second game with the Knicks, made five of 14 shots and scored a team-high 15 points under the watchful eye of Milwaukee’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and friends.

Skiles was impressed with the way Luc defended New York’s newest Knick:

“I thought Mbah a Moute did a great job on Tracy,” said Skiles.

Jeremy from Bucksketball also noted how well No. 12 and John Salmons limited McGrady and the way the Bucks slowed New York as a whole:

“Defense. The Knicks aren’t a good team, but they’re not a bad offense either. So holding New York to a meager 67 points and 34% shooting is something worth applauding. The Knicks looked to be crashing a bit after the sugar high of McGrady’s debut, but even aside from their poor shooting the Bucks deserve plenty of credit for outworking their East Coast counterparts. Lee was mostly limited to passing from the high post while Mbah a Moute and Salmons made McGrady work for every chance he got.”

Bucksketball continued:

“Luc Richard Mbah a Moute drew McGrady duty for most of the evening and did his usual fine work. After a fast start, eight points in the first quarter, McGrady rarely had much going the rest of the way. T-Mac’s famed passing skill produced only one assist, but that kind of thing happens when a guy’s team shoots less than 40 percent. »

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks return home to the Bradley Center to put their three-game win streak on the line against the New Orleans Hornets. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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