Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Bucks put two in the win column this weekend, taking care of the Wizards, 102-74, on Friday night in Washington, followed by a 92-85 victory over the Cavaliers at home in Milwaukee.
After playing just 19 minutes Friday night, No. 12 stepped up big, tying Carlos Delfino for a game-high 42 minutes. Luc dropped six points and five rebounds Friday night but dropped his fourth double-double of the season against a Lebron James-less Cavalier team.
Luc Richard connected for 5 of 9 of his shots from the field and grabbed 11 boards, four on the offensive side of the ball. To add to his terrific offensive performance, No. 12 had things locked down on defense. The Cameroon native grabbed seven defensive rebounds, swiped four steals and added a block.
With the two weekend wins, Luc Richard and the Bucks are now 9-2 since the All-Star Break. Their 33-29 record has them locked in on the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
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Charles F. Gardner and ESPN put out their weekly rankings this morning and the Bucks are moving on up.
Gardner lists the Bucks at No. 13 after being at 15 last week, saying “Skiles sets tone, veterans say.”
However, ESPN’s analysts think just a bit more highly of the surging Bucks. ESPN lists the Bucks at No. 11 saying:
“We still can’t name him, but the advance scout who tabbed the Bucks as his surprise team of the season in the Weekend Dime isn’t looking any less enlightened after the weekend. They’re now 9-2 since the All-Star break.”
After taking care of the No. 1 team in the NBA on Saturday night, the Bucks face another playoff contender Tuesday when they welcome the Boston Celtics at home in Milwaukee. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and can you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.
NBA Basketball Power Rankings (ESPN, Mar. 8,2010)
Power Rankings (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mar. 8, 2010)