For much of the night, Caris LeVert was the best player on the floor for Brooklyn and he was all over the stat sheet, driving and dishing and working hard on the defensive glass.
Unfortunately, LeVert’s grade suffered because he got very loose with the basketball, particularly in overtime.
The extra five minutes were very Dickensian for LeVert — the best of times and the worst of times.
Within the first two minutes, he knocked down a 3-pointer and assisted on Jared Dudley’s 3-ball and a Jarrett Allen dunk as the Nets scored eight straight points to take a 110-104 lead with 3:12 left.
However, in the final five minutes of regulation and the final three minutes of overtime, LeVert committed three of his six turnovers. Crunch-time turnovers are never good; preventable turnovers in late-game situations are the worst.
Three times LeVert got caught leaving his feet with the ball and turned it over while trying to make some sort of desperate high-risk pass. LeVert’s playmaking ability is good, but he’s got to keep it under control.
Graham didn’t take a lot of shots, but he did a nice job on the offensive end moving the ball and moving without the ball. Brooklyn was able to keep Detroit’s defense shifting and moving for much of the game and that movement by Graham was a big piece of that puzzle.
Defensively, he was active, stopping big Andre Drummond‘s potential game-tying attempt late in the overtime period and did a solid job on the glass.
The Nets signed Graham in part because of his solid 3-point shooting during his two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, but he was 0-for-4 in the preseason opener against the New York Knicks and did not attempt a deep shot in Detroit.
Still, he’s doing enough other things to have quickly earned coach Kenny Atkinson’s trust.