The Houston Rockets may be without their defensive juggernaut forward Luc Mbah a Moute in the first or second rounds of the Western Conference Playoffs due to a dislocated right shoulder. Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN said this morning that a Moute had an MRI in the AM and the damage does not seem to be as extensive as the one earlier in the season. A Moute could possibly be out until the beginning of the Western Conference Finals depending on the severity of the shoulder.
The injury was immediately diagnosed as a dislocated right shoulder by the Rockets PR staff immediately after it happened. Most diagnoses don’t happen that fast, so this one was a certain injury that they have seen and were able to treat immediately. After the game, the Rockets sent Luc Mbah a Moute immediately to Houston in order to get his MRI early in the morning to see the severity of the injury. Fortunately, the Rockets got back good news, and the injury is not as severe as his previous shoulder injury which sidelined him for a month earlier this season. The current timetable is unknown as the Rockets have not revealed any of this information, however at most the Rockets expect a Moute to be ready for the Western Conference Finals if they were to get there.
Luc is the Rockets best defender for sure and has done plenty of things to help the team close games out, while also keeping superstars locked down to not become as much of a threat. PJ Tucker and Luc may become one of the most important players for the Rockets in the playoffs if they can properly defend their people.
The Rockets will eventually give a timetable for Luc’s return, but according to other sources who have talked to a Moute’s representatives say that the first round is all that he may miss, which would be a huge advantage for the Rockets during the playoffs as they’ll need everyone healthy for their potential title run.