Streak Stops at Six

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds Saturday afternoon as the Milwaukee Bucks extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 94-71 victory over the Miami Heat.

But the Bucks couldn’t make it seven in a row on Sunday, falling 106-103 in an overtime thriller to the Atlanta Hawks, as the streak came to the end.

With the split, the Bucks moved back into the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference standings, but sit just one game behind the No. 5 Raptors.

WINDEX MEN
The Bucks have used solid rebounding and hard work on the offensive glass resulting in second-chance points to beat up on their opponents this year.

No. 12 is averaging 5.5 boards per game, and told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his switch to the power forward position is a big part of it:

« Offensively it can be a big weapon because it gives us kickbacks for threes and gives us extra possessions, » Mbah a Moute said. « I’m closer to the basket at the 4 (power forward), so I try to go every time.

« The guards have been doing a good job at coming down and rebounding on the defensive end, and Carlos kind of takes his pick when to go on the offensive board and when not to go. »

FANTASY FORWARD
As his role increases at the ‘4,’ Luc Richard is garnering more attention from the media.

This time it comes from ESPN.com fantasy analyst Josh Whitling, who believes fantasy basketball players should take a close look at Luc’s production:

« The rangy forward’s athleticism on defense has kept him on the court for more than 29 minutes per game in February. With those minutes, about eight boards and nearly a steal and a block per game is a reasonable expectation—nothing flashy, but solid filler defensive numbers for deep leagues.

He appears to be a critical piece of the Bucks’ lineup for the upcoming playoff run, and with John Salmons providing offense from the backcourt and Hakim Warrick out of the picture, there’s a nice place for a hustling forward who will provide a pleasant combo of defensive statistics (9.2 rebounds and nearly a steal and a block per game in his past nine contests). »

NEXT UP
After back-to-back weekend match-ups, the Bucks get a few days off. They look to start a new win streak Wednesday, at home against the recently shaken-up Washington Wizards. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

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