Report: Rockets’ Luc Mbah a Moute likely out for first round with separated shoulder

Associated Press

He did it on a dunk.

Midway through the second quarter Tuesday night, Houston’s Luc Mbah a Moute came out and set a high screen for James Harden, got the ball back as the roll man and took it straight down the lane where the Lakers’ help rotation was late. He went up strong past Thomas Bryant, threw it down…

And Mbah a Moute dislocated his shoulder.

Now it looks like he is out for the first round of the playoffs, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Mbah a Moute is a key defender off the bench for the Rockets — the team’s defense if 4.3 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court this season. He’s one of the guys that does the dirty work on the Rockets, letting Harden and Chris Paul shine.

Houston will be able to get through the first round, and frankly the second, without Mbah a Moute. However, against the Warriors in the conference finals (assuming that comes to pass), they will need him.