Luc Starts Strong

Luc Richard Mbah A Moute has already made a name for himself on the defensive end of the floor, but he showed in Tuesday’s Game 2 with the Atlanta Hawks that his offensive potential should not be taken for granted.

The 6-8 forward dropped eight of the Bucks’ first 10 points and as the Bucks scored only 20 points as a team in the first quarter, it’s safe to say that Luc kept them in the game early.

Luc torched his defender for four layups at the bucket. He tied the game at two when he took a pass from Carlos Delfino to the hole for a bucket just 1:01 into the game. Less than a minute later, Luc gave the Bucks a lead when he rebounded a miss by teammate Brandon Jennings and put it back to pull Milwaukee ahead 4-2.

Atlanta would follow with an 8-2 run before Luc took another run at the hole for two off an assist from Kurt Thomas. Just over a minute later he added two more when John Salmons found him near the buck for a fourth layup in the first six minutes of the game. He finished with eight points and two rebounds in the first quarter.

But after being down just six points at halftime, the Bucks were on the wrong side of an 11-2 run, and the Hawks rode it to a 96-86 game two win. No. 12 finished with eight points and four boards.

To avoid faling into a 3-0 hole, the Bucks’ offense needs to step it up Saturday night and Luc Richard knows it, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Our offense was very stagnant, especially in the second half. We have to do a better job exploiting their switches. When they switch, it makes us not as aggressive. Everybody kind of stops and it takes us out of our game. We’ve got to figure out ways to play our game, drive the ball, kick it, shoot threes like we always do, play with each other.”

Defense continues to be the name of the game, but like in Game 1, No. 12 can’t do it all, said Frank Madden of Brew Hoop:

“But Luc Richard Mbah a Moute isn’t going to be able to sprout six more arms to cover all the ballistic Atlanta starters who again went off for double figures, especially an absolute beast-like Josh Smith.”

Luc did however receive votes on Tuesday for the Defensive Player of the Year award won by Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. The fact that Luc would receive votes is as clear a signal as any that he is quickly becoming one of the most respected defenders in the NBA.

According to Washington Wizards guard Randy Foye, Luc Richard was ready to do work Tuesday night. Foye pointed out Luc’s great first quarter start. Said Foye via Twitter:

randyfoye: Mbah a Moute came to play he has almost all the Bucks points right now.

The Bucks Twitter page also noticed:

Bucks: Luc Mbah a Moute has 8pts as the Bucks trail by 6 midway through the 1st qt

The Bucks have a chance to even the series with two homes games but they’ll need a big Saturday night win to put some pressure on the Hawks. Tip-off is at 6:00 CST and you can see all the action on ESPN.

It’s not effort that’s lacking for Bucks (MJS, April 20, 2010)
Talented trio’s performance gives Atlanta 2-0 lead over Bucks (MJS, April 20, 2010)
Milwaukee Bucks Twitter Page (Twitter, April 20, 2010)
Randy Foye Twitter Page (Twitter, April 20, 2010)