Milwaukee’s Double Threat

Long known for his defense, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has turned himself into one of the Milwaukee Bucks’ most reliable scorers down the stretch of this season.

And there’s only one thing Luc can credit with his transformation: a great deal of hard work.

« I think my shot is so much better with all the work I’ve put in, » he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.« Now it’s just a matter of shooting the ball with a lot of confidence. I said before it’s not going to happen overnight but you can slowly see it happening already. »

Luc returned to action on Sunday against the Boston Celtics, following a two day layoff due to a stomach virus. In his return, Luc Richard’s shot didn’t miss a beat.

No. 12 went 7-of-9 from the field for 14 points in Sunday’s first half to lead the Bucks to a 49-43 halftime lead on the East’s top team. Luc finished with a new season-high of 19 points, but Milwaukee couldn’t sustain the offense in the second half and fell 89-83 to the Celtics.

« The whole game, we felt like we hung in there, we did a good job of hanging in there with them, but I feel like we shot ourselves in the foot, turning the ball over and not executing when we needed to at a crucial moment of the game, » Luc told CBS Sports. « That really cost us. »

Along with his 19 points, the Prince added seven rebounds, two steals and an assist. He was a bright spot for the Bucks on a tough night and he’s been one of the few bright spots in a long season, as Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball writes:

« Throughout his first season and in his second season, it seemed like Luc Mbah a Moute was a jump shot away from being a really useful 30 plus minute player.  Forget the jump shot though, this guy is awfully useful right now.

Mbah a Moute has come a long ways since his rookie season offensively.  He attacks the rim very hard and uses his athleticism and touch around the hoop to finish as well as anyone on the Bucks.  He is always competing and finds himself in the right places more often than not when the Bucks have the ball.

His defense no longer needs much praise, it’s a given every night he’ll be a headache for the opposition, but his offense has really come along nice.  From 15-feet in, Mbah a Moute is as reliable as anyone on the Bucks. »

Over the last five games in which he’s played extended minutes (20+), Luc Richard is averaging 12.6 points per game. He believes he can be an offensive threat for the Bucks going forward, while providing the same lockdown defense they need.

« And I think that’s pretty good for me in terms of my career, » the Prince said regarding the development of his offensive game. « I’m going to continue to get better at it to become a better player. »

Luc and the Bucks are back at it tonight against the Washington Wizards.

Catch all the action at 6 p.m. CST on FSN Wisconsin.