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Mbah a Moute will start for Bucks in opener, if knee is OK

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will start at small forward for the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, as long as his bruised right knee is OK.

The Bucks will play their regular season opener at Philadelphia, and coach Scott Skiles believes Mbah a Moute will be ready.

Carlos Delfino would have been the starter at small forward, but he'll serve a one-game suspension for a fight during an exhibition game against Detroit Oct. 7. Mbah a Moute said he was still having trouble with his footwork at practice Wednesday but he'll give it another try today.

Mbah a Moute played in all 82 games a year ago during his rookie season, and he started 52 of them.

He bruised the knee last Sunday, when he bumped up against teammate Francisco Elson at practice.