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Luc Mbah a Moute | Forward | #12

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 230
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (7) / MLW
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Luc Mbah a Moute had one rebound and two steals in 15 minutes in his return to action in the Rockets Game 6 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
He hasn't played since Game 3 and that may have been due to his shoulder issue, but with the Rockets shorthanded he returned to the rotation. Mbah a Moute continued to struggle, and he may not have played in the second half had the game been closer. Depending on Chris Paul's status and how coach Mike D'Antoni feels, he may or may not play in Game 7 on Monday. May 26 - 11:29 PM

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Luc Mbah a Moute will return to the rotation on Saturday against the Warriors.

The Rockets were basically running a 6.5-man rotation before the Chris Paul (hamstring) injury, so now it looks like Mbah a Moute will be stepping in as the seventh man with Gerald Green on the bench. It's possible that coach Mike D'Antoni keeps LMAM on a shorter leash given his struggles, but he could get 15-20 minutes at Oracle this evening.
May 26 - 7:39 PM

Mike D'Antoni said he'll "trust" Luc Mbah a Moute in the Rockets' rotation despite his recent struggles.

Mbah a Moute is a combined 1-of-11 from the field in the Conference finals, including multiple missed shots at the rim, and he played only seven minutes in Houston's Game 2 win. "I'll stick with him and trust him because he deserves that," D'Antoni said. "He's one of the reasons why we're here and we won 65 games." Even if he's in the rotation, he'll likely be on a short leash in Game 3.
May 20 - 7:40 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute had two points and a rebound in six minutes in the Rockets win over the Warriors on Wednesday.

Mbah a Moute continued to struggle with his confidence with his shoulder, which he dislocated twice this season while dunking. He missed two layups within eight minutes in the first quarter tonight and is 1-of-11 shooting during this series with six of his misses coming within three feet of the hoop. After Game 1 Mbah a Moute said, "No, I can't dunk it right now. I don't trust it yet." He only played six minutes, the fewest he's logged all season. Gerald Green made up for most of his minutes. Mbah a Moute's problem seems to be mostly mental, but it's clearly affecting his game.
May 17 - 12:31 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute admitted after Game 1 on Monday that he still lacks confidence in his injured right shoulder.

Mbah a Moute was 0-of-6 from the floor in 17 minutes during Houston's loss to the Warriors in Game 1. Three of those six misses came at the rim on missed layups. "I can't dunk it right now. I don't trust it yet," Mbah a Moute said. "A lot of those plays, usually they are dunks, plays I had tonight. It was just like hesitating between dunking and trying to finish when guys are coming at you. It's a little tough, but I'll make that adjustment." If LMAM can't snap out of his slump, the Rockets will be forced to remove him from the rotation.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 10:33 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute played 21 minutes in his return on Sunday, finishing with three points, three boards, a steal, a block, and a 3-pointer in Houston's 110-96 victory.

Mbah a Moute gives Houston added versatility on the defensive end of the court, and while he has been a valuable deep-league specialist at times, we wouldn't be relying on him for fantasy production in the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 6:27 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) has been cleared to play in Game 1 vs. Utah Sunday.

We still don't know if he will come off the bench or how many minutes he's cleared for, but this is great news for Houston. LMAM is one of their most versatile defenders and should have a nice role going forward, but his return doesn't have a lot of fantasy implications.
Apr 29 - 1:55 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) believes he's ready to return for Game 1.

"I want to play," LMAM said on Saturday. "Obviously, it’s not fun sitting. You want to be out there. We’ve been doing a good job of rehab. We’ll see [Sunday]. I’ve done some stuff, workouts, a little bit of practice. I’m ready in my mind." He'll still need to get clearance from the training staff, but he was recently upgraded to questionable and it looks like Houston will be getting one of their top defenders back any day now.
Apr 29 - 10:50 AM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said that Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) is questionable for Game 1 vs. Utah on Sunday.

This is a surprising upgrade for Mbah a Moute, as D'Antoni told reporters on Friday that he considered LMAM doubtful for Game 1. D'Antoni said that Mbah a Moute was going to be re-evaluated next week, and thus unlikely to be cleared before then. We will get a final determination of his status when D'Antoni speaks to the pregame media at approximately 2:00 pm EST on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 12:47 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) went through the non-contact portion of practice on Friday but is doubtful for Game 1 on Sunday vs. Utah.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he thought Mbah a Moute would play in the series; however, he is not expected to be re-evaluated until next week. "The series, yes. Again, middle of next week I think they'll look at it real hard, see where he is," D'Antoni said. When LMAM does return, P.J. Tucker, Gerald Green, and Ryan Anderson will see their minutes reduced.
Apr 28 - 11:35 AM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said that Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) will be re-evaluated next week and could return during the conference semifinals.

Mbah a Moute suffered a dislocated right shoulder back on April 11th and missed the entire first-round series against the Timberwolves. He is still without a timetable, but is making solid progress. If the Jazz beat the Thunder on Friday, then Houston would host Game 1 of the semis on Sunday. If OKC wins Game 6, then the start of round two would be pushed back to next week. We'll pass along an update on Mbah a Moute after he is evaluated next week.
Apr 27 - 1:33 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute (dislocated shoulder) began shooting over the weekend, but still has not been given a timetable for his return.

Mbah a Moute, who initially injured the shoulder back on April 10th, has said he's been happy with his progress in rehab. "He's closer," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It's still too early to put a timetable on it, yet. Next week, he'll be re-evaluated. I think he'll be real close next week, but I don't know that for sure." We'll pass along an update after his re-evaluation next week.
Apr 25 - 1:13 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) said he won't rule out a return in Round 1 of the playoffs.

"I wouldn’t say ‘no.’ But I also want to be smart and do the right thing," LMAM said. "It’s feeling better. Continue to do the rehab, get the strength back and see what happens." The Rockets never gave him a timetable, but it sounds like he'll be day-to-day soon. His counting stats may not show it, but LMAM has been terrific this season and his return will give their defense a huge lift.
Apr 19 - 11:30 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) is expected to miss the first-round of the playoffs and he is currently without an official timetable to return.

Apparently the MRI results were not great, and this is a tough blow for Houston as they lose one of their glue guys on the eve of the postseason. "He is a big part of what we are trying to do and what we have been doing," said James Harden after Tuesday's game. "Same injury, same shoulder twice, but he's a soldier. He is going to bounce back stronger than ever." Mbah a Moute missed 15 games in mid-December with this injury, so he could be looking at a lengthy absence here. P.J. Tucker, Gerald Green and Trevor Ariza will pick up the slack in his absence.

Luc Mbah a Moute suffered a right dislocated shoulder on a dunk on Tuesday, didn't return to the game and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

The potential loss of Mbah a Moute in the playoffs isn't the end of the world for the Rockets, but he's a good defender and part of their rotation. He's also had problems with the shoulder before, but we're going to call him day-to-day, as Mike D'Antoni said after the game that he didn't think the injury was as severe as the one he suffered in the past. P.J. Tucker, Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green, Nene and Tarik Black would all see a boost in minutes If he's going to miss time.
Apr 11 - 1:12 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Chris Paul
2Bobby Brown
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
3Gerald Green
4R.J. Hunter
SF1Trevor Ariza
2P.J. Tucker
3Joe Johnson
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Luc Mbah a Moute
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Tarik Black
4Zhou Qi
5Chinanu Onuaku