August 11, 2020, 12:50 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber (right knee), Seth Curry (right leg soreness) and Dorian Finney-Smith (left hip) are all listed as probable heading into Tuesday's contest vs. the Blazers.
It appears likely that the Mavs will have their full complement of players with the exception of Dwight Powell (right Achilles surgery) and Courtney Lee (left calf). Luka Dončić and Kristaps Porziņģis both received the night off in their last game so they should be locked in across formats as they prepare for the playoffs. There is still an outside chance that the Mavs jump the Jazz in the standings if they are able to win while Utah loses.
Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter
August 9, 2020, 12:55 amMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber went for 15 points (5-for-8 FG, 3-for-6 3PT), three rebounds and a steal in the Mavs' win over the Bucks on Saturday.
Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith were money on the wing on Saturday evening for the Mavs, a trend they certainly hope continues into the playoffs. Finney-Smith saw a massive workload, 43 minutes, but Kleber was also effective in just 21 minutes. The Mavs are an offensive force, it's just a matter of whether or not they can defend enough to outscore their opponent on a given night (or day).
August 1, 2020, 1:42 amMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber came off the bench for the Mavs on Friday and quietly produced seven points on 2-of-5 shooting, adding seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists and one block in 34 minutes.
Kleber's move to the bench does hurt his value as seen by tonight's performance, however, the Mavs need his defense and his minutes are secure. This is a low-end line for him, so there's good chance that Kleber will be able to see some better days ahead.
July 26, 2020, 6:50 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber was good for 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting in Sunday's scrimmage, also adding six rebounds and four 3-pointers in a spot start.
Kristaps Porzingis missed yesterday's COVID test so he was forced to watch this one from the sidelines. Kleber is always a sneaky late-round player thanks to his contributions in rebounds, blocks and threes on solid efficiency. It will take a KP absence for him to become a serious target but he's a nice player to select when you're putting the finishing touches on any resumption league rosters.
July 9, 2020, 10:12 amMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber continued to improve in an increased role with Dallas, ranking 153/123 in 8/9-cat leagues.
Kleber was the beneficiary of a Dwight Powell Achillies injury and Kristaps Porzingis’ inability to take part in the second half of back-to-backs this season. The available minutes allowed Kleber to stay around the top-150 and score 9.2 points per game with 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a night. The combination of blocks and the occasional three (1.6 per game) with decent percentages (46% FG, 86% FT) made him a viable bench option. His numbers have progressed each year of his career and next year he could end up being a late round draft pick.
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.