The Milwaukee Bucks are off to a promising start this season and this week they got word that they might get even better in the near future.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has missed the team’s first 10 games this season as he recovers from right patella surgery, but he’s inching his way toward a return to the hardwood. Luc was at Bucks practice this week and took part in non-contact portions on Friday, including two-on-two work with some teammates. He noted to reporters that he’s feeling good and is excited to get back to work.
« I’m excited to be back playing, doing basketball stuff at least, » he said.
There’s still no timetable for Luc’s return to the Bucks, who are currently 6-4 and sit atop the Central Division. Bucks coach Scott Skiles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he wants to see Luc participate in practice fully before he activates him, because a mostly healthy Bucks roster means he’s have to deactivate a rotation player to activate Luc.
« I’d like to see him get in a five-on-five-type scrimmage a bit before he gets activated, » Skiles said. « If I’ve got to put somebody else on the inactive list that’s healthy because I want to activate him, we’ve got to see him play some. »
The Bucks will be back in action on Saturday night at home against the Chicago Bulls (5-6) at the Bradley Center as they try to snap a two-game losing streak. Chicago is in the midst of its own three-game skid and the two-time defending division champions are scuffling in the absence of their own injured player, point guard Derrick Rose.
Luc said Friday that despite Chicago’s struggles this season, they’re a team the Bucks have trouble with, especially at home because the Bulls always seem to bring a large fan contingent to Milwaukee. He’d like to see his teammates quiet that group on Friday.
« Every time we play them, we all know it’s a home game for them, even here. We’ve got to approach this game like it’s an away game. They draw a lot of crowd here, » he said. « We can’t let that intimidate us. We’ve got to use that as even more motivation to get ourselves going. I hope we can silence the Chicago crowd and get the Milwaukee crowd going a little bit. »
Friday’s tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST and the game can be seen on FS Milwaukee.