7 Keys to Watch as Nets Make Playoff Push in Season's 2nd Half

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7 Keys to Watch as Nets Make Playoff Push in Season's 2nd Half
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How far can Deron Williams and Brook Lopez lead the Brooklyn Nets?

The Brooklyn Nets have a tough act to follow in order to match the NBA season's early wildness throughout the rest of the year.

Over around three short months, the Nets have gone from perennial contender to merely fighting for a playoff berth to back as one of the the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

They started the season 11-4, only to come crashing down at the cost of Avery Johnson's job. As shortsighted as it seemed to fire a top head coach because of one poor month, the team has responded.

Ever since P.J. Carlesimo took over, the Nets are 11-2, including wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks.

Sitting 2.5 games behind the Miami Heat, Brooklyn is now closing in on premium seeding in the East.

What needs to happen for the Nets to maintain their current momentum and avoid another setback? Here are some of the top factors to keep an eye on heading into the final half of the season.

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