Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) said he won't rule out a return in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Advice: "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.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored two points Tuesday, going 1 of 4 from the field, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 105-99. Mbah a Moute pulled down two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -4 in his 7:50 of playing time. He added one steal.
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.
Advice: 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.
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.
Advice: 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.
Mbah a Moute has dislocated his right shoulder in a meaningless game for the Western Conference leaders against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Coach Mike D'Antoni said Wednesday that Mbah a Moute will likely miss two to three weeks.
Advice: Mbah a Moute missed 15 games in December and January after dislocating his right shoulder during a fall, and it happened again on a dunk in traffic at Staples Center. Mbah a Moute is a key rotation player for the Rockets, averaging 7.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game off the bench.