The Dallas Mavericks are finally getting healthy. Kristaps Porzingis has recovered from offseason knee surgery and is returning to his All-Star form. The Mavs had to put five players in the league’s health and safety protocols so far. Jalen Brunson returned on Jan. 18, and three more are expected back on Jan. 27. Dallas will be able to use their projected starting five for the first time against the Jazz on Wednesday night.
Maxi Kleber is the lone player left in the league’s health and safety protocols. He has not played since Jan. 9 against the Magic.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle offered an update on his status before Wednesday’s game. Here is a look at the latest.
Dallas Mavericks big man Maxi Kleber is out of isolation, but still sidelined
Fans can see Carlisle’s quote about Kleber below courtesy of Brad Townsend.
Coach ruled him out for both games in Utah meaning Kleber will miss a minimum of ten games. The Mavericks return home for two games against the Suns on Saturday and Monday. Kleber should be considered questionable at best for those contests.
The Mavs have missed the 6’10 big man. He is one of their best defenders. Dallas has struggled mightily on that end of the floor during this stretch. They have allowed at least 112 points in seven straight games. Kleber brings the versatility to defend both on the perimeter and in the paint. He is the primary option for the Mavericks on the plethora of elite scoring forwards in the Western Conference.
Dallas needs his floor spacing too. Kleber shot 37.3 percent from 3-point range last season. Coach Carlisle loves his team to shoot threes, and the Mavs’ number one offense is built on spreading the floor. Kleber is a key component of their attack.
The Dallas Mavericks are eager to welcome back Maxi Kleber. Stay tuned for additional updates as they become available. Hopefully, Kleber can return this weekend, and the Mavs stay healthy. Stay tuned.