Praise From Durant

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Bucks put up a valiant effort last night against the Trailblazers in their 120-108 loss.

But a 37-point second-half deficit — which was still 26 points in the fourth quarter — was too much to overcome. Luc finished with two points, two boards and an assist in 17 minutes.

Durant called Luc one of the NBA’s two best defenders (Getty Images).

No. 12 earned a lot of credit last week after nearly shutting down the Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

With Luc guarding him in the second half and overtime, Durant had just 10 points, including four during the fourth quarter and overtime.

Praise has come from the Durantula himself.

On his Twitter account, a fan asked KD who the toughest player to play defense against him was.

One of them was an obvious choice by the name of Ron Artest. However, Durant also mentioned one other player:

RT @Thrilla24×7: @KevinDurant35 who is the Best Defender you’ve faced so far?(luc Richard mbah moute and Ron attest)

The Bucks are in a tough position after losing Michael Redd for the season.

Redd tore both his MCL and ACL during a drive through the lane against the Lakers on Sunday night. The injury comes a year after Redd tore both his MCL and ACL last year against the Kings and was also lost for the season.

Luc Richard was on the bench at the time of the injury and was able to get a better look, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“It happened right in front of me,” he said. “I just saw him go to the middle and kind of like shot-faked a little bit. He wanted to go up. I just saw him hold his knee and he looked at coach and said, ‘I’ve got to come out.’ So I knew it was really bad.

“He looked over and it was like, ‘I’m not good.’ Once he did that I knew it was really bad. But I didn’t know it was going to be a season-ending injury. A bad injury but not that bad.

“I feel really bad for the guy. I know how much work he put in to coming back this season after having that last year. And having the same injury again. It’s very tough.”

On Friday the Bucks travel to the Golden State to take on Monta Ellis and the Warriors. Tip-off is at 9:30 CST and can be seen on FSN Milwaukee.

Bucks 108, Trail Blazers 120: Box Score (ESPN, Jan. 13, 2010)
Wednesday game report: Bucks at Trail Blazers (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 14, 2010)
NBA: Michael Redd’s career in doubt  (The Oregonian, Jan. 13, 2010)…