Dallas Mavericks: Player grades in first-round series vs. LA Clippers
Dallas Mavericks playoff player grade: Maxi Kleber
Kleber replaced Curry in the starting five against the Clippers. He moved over to playing center after Porzingis’ injury. Early in the series, Kleber’s main job was guarding Kawhi Leonard. It was advantage Clippers as Leonard averaged 32.8 points per game in the series.
Kleber produced 6.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 33.9 minutes per game. He shot 33.3 percent from the field. The 28-year-old was just five of 26 from 3-point range in the series including miss multiple open looks.
It was a disappointing first playoff series for Maxi Kleber. The Mavericks were outscored by 72 points during his time on the court. That coupled with the poor shooting earned him a C-minus grade against the Clippers.
Dallas Mavericks playoff player grade: Dorian Finney-Smith
Finney-Smith started all six games for the Mavs. He had the responsibility of guarding Paul George and Kawhi Leonard for most of the series. Doe-Doe averaged 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. He shot 44.2 percent from the field and 36.7 percent on his threes.
Finney-Smith played hard and improved his numbers in his first playoff series. He battled on the glass and grabbed a few key offensive rebounds. Doe-Doe earned a B-minus grade for his contributions in the six games.