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But increasingly, as opposing teams seek to close out the Rockets’ shooters, Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute have mixed in drives to the basket to give the Rockets another way to attack the efforts to defend the shots the team takes most. “I’ve always believed, and it’s Mike (D’Antoni’s) philosophy – a little bit less because he wants us to shoot more – to take what the defense gives you,” Mbah a Moute said. “For us, sometimes it’s just putting the ball on the floor and making plays.”
Luc Mbah a Moute: “We have a lot of good shooters. Sometimes teams load up on James and Chris (Paul) and those guys, so the play is for you to drive. A lot of times … teams will try to take you away from that corner 3, which is a high-percentage shot, so it opens up driving lanes and opens up space for you to make plays. Just trying to take advantage of what the defense is doing.”
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute: Last night was my last time playing at the Bradley Center where it all started. A lot of good memories. My first year in the NBA, first moments, first years. It’s a good thing for the city to have a new arena, but I had a lot of great memories there that I will cherish forever.
D’Antoni thought this was the perfect time to put Luc Mbah a Moute, a man of many positions with none as a center, on Gobert and have him look the Jazz star square in the chest. The Rockets did not double take. “Never,” James Harden said. “Never.” “No, no, no, no,” Mbah a Moute said. “We’ve had crazy lineups since the beginning of the season.”
“It’s kind of what happened yesterday,” Mbah a Moute said. “Jokic was guarding me. I went back and looked at the tapes, saw how I could exploit it if it ever happens again. That was kind of the first time a team did that to us. We went to that small lineup and the opportunity presented itself. I was already prepared for it. I took advantage of it.” Gobert did put in one alley-oop over Mbah a Moute, but Mbah a Moute immediately answered with a drive past him and a 3-pointer, pushing the Rockets’ lead to 10.