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Dallas Mavericks: 3 studs and 1 dud in home win over Spurs

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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Dallas Mavericks, Maxi Kleber
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Dallas Mavericks stud in home win over Spurs: 2. Maxi Kleber

The Mavs changed the game when Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber entered with Willie Cauley-Stein midway through the first period. They were down 18 to one and badly needed a spark, which was provided by JB and Maxi.

Dallas had to have a rim protector with Kristaps Porzingis on the sidelines dealing with a back injury, and Kleber stepped up to fill the role. He was constantly challenging shots inside on his way to six blocks in his 29 minutes of action.

Kleber has been a strong rim protector throughout his NBA career but struggled last season as he dealt with injuries. The 6’10 forward looks healthy and played one of the best games of his career.

It was an all-around performance from Kleber. He shot four of eight from 3-point range to give him 12 points while chipping in ten rebounds, two assists, and one steal as the Mavericks outscored San Antonio by 21 during his time on the floor.

The Dallas Mavericks needed a rim protector and rebounder with Kristaps Porzingis out, and Maxi Kleber filled that role exceptionally. He will be an important piece off the bench all season because of his unique ability to space the floor, guard on the perimeter, and defend the cup. Hopefully, Kleber plays like this more going forward.