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Why Maxi Kleber has been the key to the Mavericks 6-game win streak

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Dallas Mavericks, Maxi Kleber
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Maxi Kleber is healthy and protecting the rim again for Dallas Mavericks

Kleber struggled with various injuries last season, including an Achilles issue that left him limited in the playoffs. It forced the coaching staff to cut his minutes and did a number on his shot-blocking and athleticism. Kleber averaged just 0.7 blocks per game after two straight seasons at 1.1.

The 30-year-old is healthy and back protecting the rim. The Mavs have needed it in the last five games without Kristaps Porzingis. Kleber has stepped up and blocked a shot in every game, including two in a win over the short-handed Denver Nuggets on Jan. 3. See him swat an attempt at the rim from reigning MVP Nikola Jokic below.

The 6’10 big man has been more active on the glass too. He is averaging 7.0 rebounds per over the last five games and is on pace to set a new career-high at 6.1 a night for the season. Kleber is healthy and ready to play a key role for the Dallas Mavericks down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Maxi becomes even more important for the team in the postseason because he offers a unique skill set that is unmatched on their roster.