5 Factors That Will Decide Brooklyn Nets' Playoff Ceiling

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5 Factors That Will Decide Brooklyn Nets' Playoff Ceiling
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The Brooklyn Nets are locked into a 2-2 battle with the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, having dropped a crucial Game 4 at the Barclays Center on April 27.

Brooklyn entered the postseason as the sixth seed after finishing the year with the second-best record in the East following New Year's. But in dropping two winnable games to Toronto, the Nets have done little to solidify the notion that they're legitimate contenders.

How far can Brooklyn go? If you ask owner Mikhail Prokhorov, his team’s 2013-14 journey could end in a title.

“Our goal, we only have one goal, the championship,” Prokhorov told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News in early January. “So I am very committed, and I will do my best in order to reach this.”

Prokhorov added that the Nets would need their stars to align as they chased the Larry O’Brien Trophy. That's true—Brooklyn will depend on big performances from Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams.

However, there are several other factors, both internal and external, that will determine Brooklyn’s ultimate destination.

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