PER Diem: March 27, 2009

Want to exceed expectations? There's a simple formula: Shoot the 3

Updated: March 27, 2009, 2:37 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

"Live by the 3, die by the 3" is a common basketball adage, and certainly we all have seen cases in which teams have opted to do the latter.

But in the big picture, a different theme emerges: Live by the 3 or perish. Because if you look at today's NBA, 3-point shooting becomes a more important part of teams' attacks every year, and the teams that don't do it well don't win.

Our first exhibit is the inexorable progression toward more 3-point shots. Obviously, there is some limit ...

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