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Dallas Mavericks: 5 biggest issues after first 12 games

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Dallas Mavericks biggest issue after first 12 games: 5. Health

The Mavs entered the season fully healthy and were excited after Kristaps Porzingis had an injury-free offseason to work on his game. New head coach Jason Kidd talked about the Unicorn returning to his All-Star form, and fans know that keeping him healthy is a key piece of the team’s success.

Porzingis missed five of the first 12 games with a lingering back injury. The Mavericks won three of those contests, but they were impacted by absence. KP improves their space and makes everyone’s life easier, including superstar Luka Doncic.

Maxi Kleber has missed the team’s last six games and is expected to remain out on Monday night against the Nuggets. The 6’10 big man is a key piece for Dallas because of his unique skill set.

Kleber defends well inside and on the perimeter, and the Mavs used him to matchup on Kawhi Leonard in the 2020 playoffs. He dealt with an Achilles injury last year that limited his production in the postseason, but the 29-year-old remains a key piece for Dallas.

The Dallas Mavericks are struggling in the frontcourt because they have been missing two important pieces of their rotation. They need to get Kleber back and try to keep him and Kristaps Porzingis healthy if they want to make a deep playoff run.