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The Dallas Mavericks needed Maxi Kleber when they drew the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. The 6’10 big man was the team’s best option at defending the two-time Finals MVP. Leonard struggles to bully Kleber, and the Mavs big man can defend well on the perimeter. Slowing down Kawhi is difficult, but the 29-year-old has the best chance.
Fans have been wondering what to make of Kleber’s minutes dropping throughout the series. He was dealing with injuries that progressively got worse during the grueling and compressed regular season.