1. When this team shoots and keeps the ball, things get easier
This one isn’t a shocker — taking care of the basketball and knocking down shots will put a team well on the road toward a victory most of the time.
The Brooklyn Nets didn’t even take great care of the basketball on Friday night, still turning it over 18 times, but that number represented just more than half of the giveaways — 34 — they committed Wednesday in a blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Caris LeVert and Treveon Graham each had three turnovers, but LeVert and Graham also found the range from deep on Friday.
LeVert in particular was sizzling, hitting 4-of-6 from deep while going 5-for-13 overall in a shooting performance that was sort of a visit to bizzaro world.
Graham, meanwhile, finally found the range from the land of 3, hitting 2-of-6 after going 0-for-6 from deep in the first three preseason game.
Joe Harris missed his first five attempts from 3-point range before canning his final two and Jared Dudley, D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie each went 2-for-5.
The Nets were 15-for-37 from deep in all, a 40.5 percent clip, after hitting only 24.5 percent from behind the arc in their three previous preseason games.
Move the ball, hang onto the ball, make shots — sometimes it really is just that easy.