Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks have been struggling to find a winning streak this season. The team has a 14-14 record after a 105-90 home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dallas is 5-5 in their last ten games. Doncic has been doing everything he can to help the Mavericks win every game. The role requires players to step up and make a difference. The Mavericks received bad news about Maxi Kleber, a key role player coming off the bench.
Dallas announced today that forward Maxi Kleber will be out 6-8 weeks with a sprained right knee and a ligament tear. They announced that this happened during a team practice on Tuesday. Kleber has been a key piece off the bench for the Mavericks and has built a nice home over the past six seasons in Dallas. A tough loss for a team that needs some help for its star player.
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Maxi Kleber missed a long time due to several injuries
Kleber has played in 22 Mavericks games this season. He averaged (6.2 points, (3.5) rebounds, (1.0) assists and (1.0) blocks per game on the season. In this season, he averaged (25.6) minutes off the bench. The six-year vet showed his worth in Dallas as the team’s defensive anchor. He often plays with Christian Wood, whose game is more than one. Kleber gives the Mavs a nice spark off the bench and is hitting 37 percent from three this season.
NBA Insider Shams Charania had this to report on Kleber’s injury.
“Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber will miss six to eight weeks with a sprained right knee.”… – Shams Charania
The Mavericks signed Christian Wood and Javale McGee in the offseason. Wood has started one game for Dallas this season. He is third on the team in scoring this season with 16.6 points. McGee proved to be a terrific signing for the Mavericks. He has played in 17 of 28 games this season and is averaging just over (9.3) minutes per game. They were supposed to be the frontcourt help Dallas needed and that just didn’t happen. Losing Kleber for 6-8 weeks is an even more brutal blow.