The Dallas Mavericks were fighting through a massive COVID outbreak and just looking to stay within striking distance of .500 in late December. Now, they have won six straight and have held six of their last seven opponents under 100 points. The Mavs are playing their best basketball of the season and have shot back up to fifth in the Western Conference.
Superstar Luka Doncic returned from a ten-day absence to kick start their recent streak, and Jalen Brunson has solidified himself as a starter with outstanding play, but Maxi Kleber is the key piece nobody is talking about. The 6’10 forward is not producing eye-popping stats or throwing down flashy dunks. Fans know Kleber lets his play do the talking, and it has been impressive over their six-game streak.
The 29-year-old missed six games in the health and safety protocols before returning on Jan. 2. Head coach Jason Kidd inserted Kleber into the starting five, and the Mavs have not lost since. They have won four of the five games by double-digits, including victories over the top team in each conference. Here is a closer look at why Maxi is the key to the team’s six-game win streak.
Why Maxi Kleber has been the key to the Dallas Mavericks win streak
Kleber has been a positive plus-minus in all five games since his return, and the Mavs have outscored the opposition by 58 points in 145.5 minutes on the floor. It has been impressive to see both Kleber and Doncic hit the ground running after missing about ten days in the health and safety protocols.
Maxi Kleber is doing three key things that have helped the Dallas Mavericks win six straight games, including the last five without star Kristaps Porzingis, and here is a closer look.