2011 NBA Playoffs: Tonight, It Was Vintage Peja Stojakovic As Dallas Goes Up 2-0

Yaneek SmithContributor IIIApril 20, 2011

Behind Dirk Nowitzki's 33 points, the Dallas Mavericks defeated Portland 101-89 to go up 2-0 in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs Tuesday night.

While it wasn't a surprise to see Nowitzki play so well, it was quite nice to get a glimpse of Peja Stojakovic in vintage form, playing like his old self as he scored 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, including 5-for-10 from beyond the arc.

He was all over the place, launching long-range jumpers from different parts of the court, hitting timely shots in the second half and reminding us of just how great he was back in his days with Sacramento.

At this point in his career, Stojakovic is nothing more than a role player; this season, he played in just 33 games, averaging 8.5 points per game.

But he can still shoot; granted, he's not the shooter he used to be, but, when left open, he can knock 'em down.

He does help the Mavericks to spread the floor and gives them another reliable shooter, something that is vital as they compete against a wide, athletic Trail Blazers club.

Whether he is much of a factor in the Mavericks' playoff run remains to be seen, but, for one night at least, we were able to see one of the game's all-time great shooters remind us of just how amazing he once was.