Luc, Bucks Fall to Lakers

After taking care of the Chicago Bulls in Milwaukee on Friday night, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks stumbled against the Lakers in LA, falling 95-77.

Luc Richard finished with eight points on Sunday night second among Bucks’ starters, with four rebounds.

No. 12 was cleaning glass on the offensive side of the ball, finishing with a team high three offensive rebounds.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Luc Richard has found himself in the starting lineup for the last five games, while competing for the starting small forward spot with Carlos Delfino.

Though Luc Richard has not hit double figures in points in his five starts, the Bucks have gone 3-2, and are finding out that it’s his defensive capabilities that truly make him an asset on the floor, as noted by Charles F. Gardner of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s defensive ability could keep him in the Bucks’ starting lineup.”

If this is the case, Luc Richard proved he can bounce back well after only connecting for one point on Friday. No. 12 went 3-5 from the floor, an impressive 60% field goal percentage, and a perfect 2-2 from the charity stripe.

SKILES’ STARTERS
Bucks’ Head Coach Scott Skiles is currently using a performance-based system to determine who his starters will be.

In his second year as Bucks’ coach, Skiles is making sure that no one is going to be handed a starting position on this team. Said Skiles to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“We’ve got multiple guys that are all good players that can all bring something positive to the team in Carlos (Delfino), (Luc Richard) Mbah a Moute and Charlie Bell. Unfortunately for them, right now it has to be based on performance. If you get in the game and don’t perform, we’ve got to go to somebody else. Until somebody kind of jumps in front of somebody, that’s just what we’re going to have to do.”

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks travel to Phoenix to take on Steve Nash and the Suns on Monday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. CST. This will be the Bucks’ first look at the Suns this season and an opportunity to bounce back from a tough loss to the Lakers. You can catch the game on FSN Wisconsin.

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