May 1, 2020, 8:40 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Mavs' forward Maxi Kleber, a native of Germany, remains in Dallas despite the on-going quarantine and coronavirus pandemic.
Kleber says the situation in Germany is not much different than in the United States and that he is "committed" to staying in Dallas during the shutdown. "I might just stay here, focus on working out, doing lifting, staying in shape," Kleber said, although he admitted that motivation to do so is more difficult and he does not currently have access to a basketball hoop. Many NBA players are in similar situations, biding their time until Adam Silver is able to make some decisions regarding the continuation or cancelation of the rest of the 2019-2020 season.
Source: Tim Cato on The Athletic
March 11, 2020, 6:26 pmDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith (sore hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's tilt vs. the Nuggets.
Finney-Smith played in Tuesday's game after missing the previous two contests with hip soreness. Wednesday's game comes on the second half of a back-to-back so the team is likely exercising caution with Finney-Smith. His next chance to take the court will be on Saturday vs. the Suns. Maxi Kleber and Justin Jackson will see additional minutes with this news.
Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 5:49 pmDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith has been downgraded to questionable ahead of Wednesday's matchup vs. the Nuggets as he nurses a sore hip.
This news doesn't bode well for Finney-Smith's availability for Wednesday. If he gets ruled out, look for Maxi Kleber and Justin Jackson to pick up additional minutes. Kleber is definitely worth streaming in standard leagues regardless of Finney-Smith's status.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 11, 2020, 1:54 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis (rest) will not play during Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.
This is a second half of a back-to-back, so the Mavs aren't taking any chances with Porzingis and his knee. Despite two consecutive disappointing showings, he has averaged 22.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.8 blocks over his last eight games. Look for Maxi Kleber to step up in his absence.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 8, 2020, 9:41 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber was a no-show on Sunday against the Pacers, going for two points (1-of-4 FG), five rebounds and one assists in 34 minutes.
Kleber is never one to post huge counting stats, but this is bare even by his standards. He should be better than this on most nights, but he was unable to handle Domantas Sabonis or Myles Turner in this matchup. If you are looking for a blocks streamer he's a good target.
March 5, 2020, 12:20 amKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis had a huge game on Wednesday night, posting a line of 34 points (14-28 FG, 3-9 3PT), 12 rebounds, three assists and a whopping five blocks.
Porzingis continues to be a beast down the stretch. He has been a top-10 player over the last two months and a top-2 player over the last two weeks. He doesn't show any sign of slowing down either. Maxi Kleber also had five blocks tonight, to go along with five points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal.
March 2, 2020, 10:32 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber double-doubled on Monday with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with an assist, a steal, three blocks and three triples.
Kleber drew the start and cashed out like he usually does on peripheral stats with seven money counters. He's a solid plug-and-play fantasy big if you need triples and defensive numbers and his value jumps a bit whenever Kristaps Porzingis (knee) sits.
February 23, 2020, 5:53 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Dallas Mavericks
Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) is being listed as questionable ahead of the Mavs' game on Monday vs. the Wolves.
Cauley-Stein's fantasy value has been nonexistent since being moved to the Mavericks prior to the trade deadline. He missed Saturday's game but Kristaps Porzingis has been very good and even Maxi Kleber is ahead of Cauley-Stein on Dallas' pecking order down low.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 22, 2020, 10:17 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber drew a start on Saturday night and delivered nine points, eight rebounds, a 3-pointer and five blocks before fouling out against the Hawks.
Kleber had run of the roost with Kristaps Porzingis dealing with load management and Willie Cauley-Stein away for personal reasons. He hasn't taken off like we hoped after Dwight Powell went down for the year, but Kleber is a top-155/120 (8/9-cat) guy and holds low-end appeal because of his blocks, rebounds and occasional threes, with a lean towards 9-cat formats.
February 22, 2020, 2:20 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Dallas Mavericks
Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) will not be with the Mavs on Saturday when they take on the Hawks.
Cauley-Stein picked up a DNP-CD on Friday and played only 4.3 minutes per game in the prior two contests so he can be left on waivers. With Kristaps Porzingis also unavailable on Saturday, Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic will hold down the center position.
February 22, 2020, 1:55 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis (knee injury recovery) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.
Porzingis posted a ridiculous 24-point, 10-rebound, 5-assist, 5-block, 4-triple line on Friday and will be rested on the second game in the back-to-back. Maxi Kleber, who posted a season-high 26 points in 23 minutes on Friday should slide into the starting lineup with Boban Marjanovic picking up the backup minutes after getting a DNP-CD on Friday as Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) is unable.
February 21, 2020, 9:43 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber fininshed Friday's win over the Magic with a career-high 26 points (10-for-13 shooting), three rebounds, three triples, an assist and a block.
Kleber was feeling it on Friday night, as he found all the open spots on the floor and only missed three shots. Kleber is part of a deep rotation in Dallas but is worth a look in deeper leagues.
February 8, 2020, 2:07 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis (injury recovery, left knee) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.
This is the second game of a back-to-back so this was to be expected. Porzingis has been putting up elite fantasy numbers filling in as the primary scorer with Doncic out but the Mavs will have to rely on Maxi Kleber, Willie Cauley-Stein and Dorian Finney-Smith to hold down the frontcourt for this one with Boban Marjanovic likely to also get some minutes.
February 6, 2020, 3:33 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis, who suffered a broken nose during Wednesday's loss the the Grizzlies, is being listed as questionable to play in Friday's matchup with the Wizards.
If Porzingis play he will likely be wearing a protective mask for the forseeable future, but if he misses time Maxi Kleber and Willie Cauley-Stein will see more at C, while Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson take on more responsibility on the offensive end.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 3, 2020, 9:46 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber slowed down on Monday, mostly impacted by the return of Kristaps Porzingis and was quietly able to put up five points on 2-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.
Kleber was coming off a monster game on Saturday, so tonight's line was a definite letdown. We're still trusting him to be an effective threes-and-blocks source ROS. He will just have some ups and downs along the way.