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Peja Stojakovic had been able to put out the best of what he has left in his career during the first three rounds. He didn't show any over-the-top flashes of his Sacramento Kings days, but he made the most of his opportunities he received on the floor. Any time he was left open even a little, he usually drained the jumper.
He has been nearly invisible in the Finals though.
He logged only 15 minutes in Game 1, where he was way off target and a defensive liability. He didn't even attempt a shot in Game 2 before he was yanked after only five minutes, of which he coughed up a turnover and continued his ineffective defense.
No one is asking for All-NBA defense on Peja's part, though. All the Mavericks want from him is instant offense. As soon as he comes off the bench he's got to be ready to knock down open shots. He hurts the team by passing up open shots for whatever reason. His shooting is the only thing he really has to offer.
With Miami's defense, hitting shots is crucial. Any open attempts available must be taken and made. Peja has to bring that to the table, or he's useless.