Two Tens for Luc

With every game, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute finds another way to impress.

Luc recorded his second straight double-double on Wednesday night while playing just 26 minutes, helping the Bucks’ to a 115-95 home win over the New Orleans Hornets.

No. 12 finished with 10 points, 10 boards and zero turnovers.

The Hornets stayed in the game as long as possible, their last lead coming with 4:56 left in the second quarter. But just a few seconds later, Luc Richard was the man who silenced the buzz.

No. 12 drove the lane for a layup and, after being fouled, converted a three-point play to put Milwaukee ahead 51-49. From there, the Bucks never looked back.

A TALENTED CORE
Luc Richard is quickly becoming a core piece of this Milwaukee Bucks team, writes Pete Barth of the Sheboygan Press:

« The Bucks — Dare we get excited? Suddenly, it’s hard not to. They’ve got the young difference-maker in Brandon Jennings, the rapidly blooming superstar in Andrew Bogut and an underrated role player supreme in Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. If that nucleus is kept together and supplemented, and if the coaching staff stays intact, something special might be ahead in ‘11. »

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sees No. 12 and center Andrew Bogut as a top defensive tandem and also notes that size is not a problem for the Cameroon native:

« The Bucks have benefited from the strong defensive tandem of power forward Mbah a Moute and center Andrew Bogut, and small forward Carlos Delfino also has fit into coach Scott Skiles’ defensive system.

The 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute is a bit out of position at power forward but still usually guards the other team’s best scorer, whether that is a power forward, small forward, shooting guard or point guard. »

OFFENSIVE OPPORTUNIST
It seems that with his consistent play on defense, Luc Richard has made a permanent home on Bucksketball.com, but that’s not the only thing keeping him in the news, according to the blog’s writer Jeremy:

« Few players have carved out a home in my « Defense » category like Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, but offense is what gains him first mention tonight. Luc stayed within himself, as usual, and grabbed rebounds around the hoop and finished them for his teammates. He didn’t get out of his game, taking just one shot outside the paint, and proved too quick for the Hornets to consistently keep off the boards as evidenced by his ten rebounds, four of them offensive. »

DEFENSIVE DOMAIN
But as Alex Boeder of Brew Hoop added, Luc’s star power still shines brightest on defense, where he has the ability to lock down any scorer that is put in front of him.

On Wednesday it was David West of the Hornets:

« Guarding David West is not an easy task for anyone; he is strong, slippery, spinny, and skilled. But The Prince can and does guard pretty much everyone, and he made West work for his 19 points.

Mbah a Moute also showed sublime skill on the boards. Not every rebound is created equal, so while 10 rebounds (four offensive) might not jump out, Luc’s were mostly in heavy traffic, stealing the ball from the opponent. »

POWER FOUR-WARD
Since moving to the four spot last month, Luc Richard continues to excel on the court.

Head Coach Scott Skiles spoke highly of No. 12 to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and said there are no plans to move him back to small forward any time soon:

« That’s where he did most of his damage last year, » Skiles said. « We discovered when we play him at the 3 (small forward) he’s not as productive.

« He can use his quickness to get to the board on some of the 4s. Sometimes for spatial reasons he’s not near the basket when he’s playing the 3. Because he can guard any number of people out there, sometimes you want to put him at different positions, and then he’s not as productive on the other end. »

Skiles said that Luc’s transition to the 4 has been a key to Milwaukee’s success this season:

« He’s helped himself and helped us immensely when we made the switch and put him there, » Skiles said. « We’d have to go south pretty hard to change back and I don’t see that happening. »

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Pete Barth 2 cents worth (Sheboygan Press, Feb. 25, 2010)
http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20100225/SHE02/2250494/1882/SHE02
Wednesday game report: Hornets at Bucks (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 24, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/85298882.html
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Recap: Bucks 115, Hornets 95 (Brew Hoop, Feb. 24, 2010)
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