You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in the NBA Playoffs 2003? NBA.com has infiltrated the action with the ultimate insiders -- the players themselves. We're giving you an exclusive look at the postseason with a roster of player mailboxes.
Peja Stojakovic is one of the best shooters in the game and a key player in the Kings' run to the Pacific Division title.
Peja answered your second round of questions on Thursday, May 8:
Q: I guess you're the best 3 point shooter in the league and the Kings have
the best passing game in the nba.Do you think these are the two keys for
you to reach the Finals?
-- Michael (Forbach, France)
Stojakovic: Definitely. If we play our game then we think we're capable of beating
anybody. We also need to focus on our defense, and we'll be fine.
Q: Peja, You know, that you and Vlade are national heros. Everybody likes you
in ex-YU(SCG). I would like to know your opinion about who is going to
be your biggest obstalce on your trip to the top of the NBA. Do you think
that the Lakers are more weak than last year?
-- Ivan (Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro)
Stojakovic: Well, right now we're not thinking about the Finals. We're playing a tough
team in the Mavericks and we're just going to try and get by them. Whoever
is left after that, the Lakers or the Spurs, we'll worry about it then.
Q: It seems that the team sometimes slows down as a whole during certain
quarters. What do you do to help the team gain the momentum back?
-- Audrey (Sacramento, Calif.)
Stojakovic: I don't think there's anything that I do myself. We have a lot of great
basketball players in Chris, Vlade, Mike, and the rest of the guys. We just
try to bet back in the flow of the offense and play our game--passing the
Q: Hey Peja, your third quarter run dominated and set the tone for the rest of
the game. However, after this series, the Kings have a tough trip against
the Mavericks and Lakers/Spurs. How do you expect to maintain your
composure and respond to the pressure?
-- Bopu (Sugarland, Texas)
Stojakovic: It helps that we've been through this before, in the last couple of
playoffs. We know what we have to do to win and how we have to come out
Q: I was wondering how many shots a day do you shoot during the season? With
being known as one of the best shooters in the NBA, and you requiring
double teams and added defensive pressure on you, how has this changed
your preparation for the season and playoffs?
-- J.B. (Folsom, Calif.)
Stojakovic: A lot! I try to work on my shot as much as I can, after practice, before
practice. I'm not really worried about being double-teamed, because I know
that I can give it to one of teammates and they can get the job done.
Q: What do you think about Vlade shaving his trademark beard?
-- Josh (Ostrander, Ohio)
Stojakovic: [Laughing] I think he looks 15 years old! Don't worry, it'll grow back by
Q: We were in Salt Lake City for Game 3. We had a great time watching the game,
and it was fun to be there to cheer on our team. Are the players aware of
where the fans are in the crowd? Does it really make a difference to the
players to have fans at an away game?
-- Michelle (Folsom, Calif.)
Stojakovic: When you are playing the game, you naturally forget about the crowd,
because you are caught up in playing. During timeouts you notice people
more. I know at ARCO the fans really make a difference. They are the best
fans in the NBA.
Peja answered your first round of questions on Wednesday, April 23:
Q: The team played a great game on Sunday, never gave up when you were behind
for that little bit and that makes me proud. How do you feel your chances
are of getting to the Finals with how great the team is playing at this
-- Rudy (Gridley, Calif.)
Stojakovic: We're confident that we're playing good basketball right now, but we're not
worrying about that right now. We're just focused on playing the Jazz,
trying to get past them into the second round.
Q: Do you think that home-court advantage is really important?
-- Ugur (Jubail, Saudi Arabia)
Stojakovic: It always good to get a good start at home. Winning these first two games
has given us a great advantage going into a tough place like Utah.
Q: Going into this postseason, what have you been doing to mentally prepare
for the pressure that awaits you in the next rounds?
-- Sam (Santa Maria, Calif.)
Stojakovic: Nothing different than during a regular season game. We've been practicing
and getting focused for what we want to do defensively and offensively.
That's about it so far.