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5 Keys for the Milwaukee Bucks in the Stretch Run
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With the season nearing a close, the playoffs are starting to become more evident for many teams. Milwaukee is in the midst of a final push towards the playoffs, and every game has become essential as it attempts to beat out Philadelphia or New York for a spot in the playoffs.

That magical run starts today, especially with the Knicks coming to Milwaukee, which jump starts their final stretch. 

The Bucks have nine games remaining in the 2011-12 season, and it's not a favorable stretch of games to say the least. Milwaukee will play Indiana twice and finish out the season playing Boston and Philadelphia. 

But with the way Milwaukee has been playing since the trade for Monta Ellis happened, a late push for the eighth seed is not out of the picture. Here are five keys that should help the Bucks down the stretch.

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