Luc Starts, but Bucks Fall

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute replaced Carlos Delfino in the Bucks starting lineup, but it didn’t stop Milwaukee from suffering a blowout loss in its final game of 2009.

Luc dunking on Orlando’s Dwight Howard (Getty Images).

No. 12 finished with eight points, five rebounds, a steal and an assist in 31 minutes as Milwaukee fell, 117-92, to the Orlando Magic, and his presence in the lineup was greeting with gratitude from the Bucks blog, Brew Hoop:

Luc starts. I’ve been whining about Mbah a Moute not starting for a little while now–not that I was the only one. So I’m pleased to report Skiles came to his senses and benched Delfino for the first time this season, the only lineup change following the horrible first half in Charlotte. Not a fantastic night or anything from Mbah a Moute, but the Bucks’ starting five did their job, staking the Bucks to an early lead that they maintained throughout the half.

It was the second straight game that Luc logged significant minutes — in Milwaukee’s 94-84 loss to Charlotte days earlier, he played 36 minutes, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 boards. His presence and attitude were worth noting, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Mbah a Moute…said the Bucks need to do whatever it takes to stop their current slide.

« We’ve got to try harder, » Mbah a Moute said. « Guys have got to give a little more. If you get tired after the game, you’ve got to get exhausted now. That’s what it will take to come back from this. »

Bobcats 94, Bucks 84: Starters Sit After fizzling (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Dec. 27, 2009)
Recap: Magic 117, Bucks 92 (Brew Hoop, Dec. 31, 2009)