Houston’s Rockets forward Luc Mbah A Moute is likely to miss the first round of the playoffs with a dislocated right shoulder, an injury he sustained last night against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As it stands, there is no clear timetable for his return after he underwent an MRI this morning.
Mbah A Moute suffered the injury with just over seven minutes to go in the second quarter and with the score tied at 32, after setting a ball screen for James Harden, then rolling to the basket. Harden led him to the bucket with a bounce pass, and Mbah a Moute slashed to the rim, met by Lakers center Thomas Bryant, throwing down a right-handed tomahawk dunk, but immediately reaching for his upper right arm.
Mbah a Moute with the shoulder dislocation. Hard to imagine he comes back for playoffs pic.twitter.com/V1yibbjhpg
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) April 11, 2018
The 6-foot-8 forward had missed a month earlier this season with a dislocated right shoulder, re-aggravating the injury with only four days left until the start of the postseason.
While his numbers may not suggest it, Mbah A Moute was one of the pillars of the second unit and a key three-and-D asset that has helped this team flourish as the top overall seed in the league.
This will hurt the Rockets in the postseason, and could take up to two series before he could rejoin the team, based off his previous shoulder dislocation.