Maxi Kleber Set to Miss Two Weeks Due to Toe Injury

DALLAS, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 29: Maxi Kleber #42 of the Dallas Mavericks poses for a portrait during the Dallas Mavericks Media Day at American Airlines Center on September 29, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Hodde/Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks’ forward Maxi Kleber is set to have his dislocated right small toe reexamined in a couple of weeks, as reported by Brad Townsend.

Kleber initially suffered this injury during a game on November 1 and had been attempting to play through it.

Following a one-week break, he made a return on Wednesday night, but his movement was still compromised, limiting him to just 15 minutes.

He did not participate in Friday’s game, and the team will assess if a more extended period of rest can bring about an improvement.

Since entering the league in 2017, Kleber has been a consistent presence in the Dallas frontcourt, but this injury has significantly impacted his performance this season.

He has only played in five of the Mavericks’ nine games and is currently averaging a career-low 3.4 points per game while shooting at a 25% accuracy rate.

Although the Mavs have started the season with a 7-2 record, it’s worth noting that concerns have arisen regarding their interior defense.

Rookie Dereck Lively II has taken over as the starting center, but Kleber remains one of the team’s most effective rim protectors.

Richaun Holmes, acquired from Sacramento in an offseason trade, has only made one appearance.

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