Looking for key indicators of the Mavericks’ success
can lead you in many different directions.
But if you’re looking for the definitive lucky charm,
go no further than Peja Stojakovic.
Since he became active on Feb. 7, the Mavericks have been
unbeatable when the 6-10 shooter plays 15 minutes or more. In those games, the
Mavericks are 15-0.
When he’s been injured or has played 14 or fewer
minutes, they are 2-6.
Of course there are mitigating factors in both sets of
numbers. But there can be no denying that Stojakovic’s presence on the
floor is a huge asset to the Mavericks, particularly when their offense is
wheezing as it has been the last few games. Since returning from a neck and
back issue, Stojakovic has hit 11-of-21 3-pointers to give the offense a little
Even though he’s only scored five points in each of
the first two games on this road trip, his contributions always seem to come at
And having that long-range shot in the arsenal is something
the Mavericks need going forward, because the offense isn’t going to come
any easier as the playoffs beckon.