The Dallas Mavericks have dealt with a host of COVID issues this season, but they are finally getting healthy. Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell, and Jalen Brunson have all returned from extended absences in the health and safety protocols. Some of still ramping up, but the Mavs have not had their entire roster healthy for any game this season.
That could change on Monday night, though. Maxi Kleber has not played since Jan. 9 because of the health and safety protocols, but he was on the bench when Dallas hosted the Suns on Saturday evening. Kleber cleared quarantine and now has to pass a conditioning test to get back into game action.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle gave an update on his status on Jan. 30. Let us take a closer look.
Maxi Kleber expected to return on Monday as Dallas Mavericks host Suns
Carlisle was asked about the team’s shooting struggles during his postgame press conference on Saturday when he left fans know about Kleber. See his response below.
"“Our shooting is going to improve. Our number one 3-point shooter went out three weeks ago with COVID, and he’s coming back on Monday. Look, it is going to take Maxi a while to get his game legs back, but we’ve just got to stay together and fight through this difficult stretch.”"
Kleber’s return will not come a moment too soon. The Mavericks have lost five-straight games including to the Suns on Jan. 30. The two teams meeting again on Monday night. Kleber could be the difference-maker in his return to the lineup. The Mavs need his defense, versatility, and shooting to develop into an elite team. Kleber will bring it in the court.
Expect Maxi Kleber to be on a minute’s restriction as he ramps up slowly after an extended absence. Kristaps Porzingis will also be back for the Dallas Mavericks. Fans will not want to miss Monday’s game. because it promises to be entertaining and exciting. Stay tuned.