Kleber scored 13 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding nine rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 104-94 win over the Suns.
Making only his fourth start, Kleber put together arguably his best game of the season, setting new highs in minutes, scoring and rebounding. The second-year big still doesn't have a consistent role in the Mavs' frontcourt rotation, however -- he played only five minutes Monday against the Lakers -- and until he does, productive nights like this will likely be a rare occurrence.
Kleber will get the start at power forward with Harrison Barnes shifting up to small forward with Dennis Smith (back) out. In 35 games this year, the second-year forward is averaging 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.7 minutes.
Kleber will draw the start Sunday against the Thunder.
Kleber will once again enter the starting five with Wesley Matthews (foot) on the shelf. Luka Doncic bumps over to shooting guard and Harrison Barnes gets the nod at small forward, clearing the way for Kleber to slot in at power forward. He's averaging 8.5 points along with 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over his previous two starts.
Kleber contributed seven points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds, and two blocks in 29 minutes during Friday's 114-112 loss to the Pelicans.
Kleber drew his second straight start with Wesley Matthews (sore foot) sidelined for this one and Dennis Smith (wrist) missing Wednesday's matchup. Kleber swatted a career high six blocks in Wednesday's win over the Pelicans, and his four dimes in Friday's loss matched his career high in that category. It's unclear whether Matthews will be ready to go for Sunday's bout with the Thunder, but if not Kleber could be in line to draw a third straight start.
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