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One of the things NBA playoff teams fear the most as the playoffs begin this weekend happened to the team with the best record in the league Tuesday night.
The Houston Rockets, at 65-16, setting a franchise record for victories and having homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, lost a member of their rotation in a 105-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
Veteran forward Luc Mbah a Moute threw down a dunk in the second quarter and came down grasping his right right shoulder.
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) April 11, 2018
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Mbah a Moute, one of Houston’s top defenders and a threat from beyond the 3-point arc, shooting 36.4 percent, will miss the first-round of the playoffs.
After MRI this morning, Houston's Luc Mbah A Moute is likely to miss first-round of playoffs with dislocated right shoulder, league source tells ESPN. For now, there's no clear timetable on return.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 11, 2018
Mbah a Moute was sidelined for 15 games in December and January after dislocating the same shoulder during a fall.
He is averaging 7.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game off the bench for Houston this season.