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Nets knock off Heat

On January 1, the Nets were 10-21 and way out of anyone's idea of a playoff race. Since then, however, they've gone 23-9 (the best record in the Eastern Conference during that time) and are looking like the team no one wants to play in the postseason. Just ask the Heat, who lost for the third time this season against the Nets on Wednesday night. Miami fans are probably sick to death of Jason Kidd -- in his last 24 games as a player or coach, he's 19-5 against the Heat.

Are the Nets (23-9 since Jan. 1) a legitimate threat to make the NBA Finals?

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  • Would the Nets (3-0 vs. Miami this season) be a legitimate threat to the Heat in a seven-game playoff series?

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Knicks, Nets back in playoff hunt?

On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets snapped the Golden State Warriors' 10-game winning streak. A night later, the New York Knicks knocked off the defending champion Miami Heat. The Nets now have won four in a row. The Knicks have won four of five. The Nets now occupy the Eastern Conference's eighth spot. The Knicks are 10th, but just a game out of the playoffs. In other words, perhaps Gotham's hoops demise was declared prematurely. Can these teams sustain the chase in the shaky East -- one whose sixth-place team, Chicago, is 15-18 and just traded perhaps its best healthy player?

Will the Nets (14-21, 8th in East) make the playoffs?

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  • Will the Knicks (13-22, 1 GB 8th in East) make the playoffs?

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  • Which team has a better chance of winning a series in the playoffs?

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  • Will Jason Kidd and Mike Woodson be coaching the Nets and Knicks, respectively, at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • Is the NBA better when New York's teams are playing well?

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When should coaches rip players?

Does ripping the players in public work for a coach? We might find out soon. Monday night, Kings coach Mike Malone, frustrated after a turnover-fueled loss to the Pelicans, called out his players and named names. He wasn't alone: Nets coach Jason Kidd told the media his team is "comfortable with losing" after they were blown out by the Pacers. The Kings and Nets are struggling for different reasons, but it remains to be seen if challenging the players in public will lead to better results.

  • In general, what type of coach do you think is more effective?

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  • How important is it for a coach to be media-savvy?

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  • Which league's athletes have the thinnest skin when it comes to taking criticism?

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Brighter outlook -- Knicks or Nets?

The New York Knicks weren't supposed to light up the league this season, but their floor seemed like a low playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. And yet, after Thursday night's game at the Brooklyn Nets, Carmelo Anthony & Co. are just 4-13. The Nets, meanwhile, are 5-14 -- but lost Thursday's game by 30. And they were supposed to be the contending team of the two. Woof. Needless to say, things don't look good in Gotham. Which franchise's outlook is better, if ever-so-slightly?

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  • Will the Knicks and Nets make the playoffs this season?

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  • Will Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Nets coach Jason Kidd end the season in their current jobs?

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  • What is the biggest reason behind the Nets' struggles this season?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever lead a team to the NBA Finals?

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  • Which team has a brighter long-term outlook?

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This probably isn't what Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov had in mind when he committed millions of dollars to his team's payroll for the 2013-14 season. But sources tell ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein that rookie coach Jason Kidd has Prokhorov's support despite the Nets' 3-10 record and five straight losses entering Monday's games. Injuries to key performers have hurt the Nets, but so have the team's difficulties competing in the third quarter of games. Will Brooklyn get back on track and become the playoff contender it was expected to be?


It don't come easy

Jason Kidd's shakedown cruise as an NBA head coach hasn't been smooth sailing.

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Will Jason Kidd be the Nets' head coach after this season?

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That hurts

Injuries to key players including Deron Williams have hampered Kidd's ability to develop a consistent player rotation.

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Which of these is the Nets' biggest problem?

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Misery loves company

Brooklyn has company at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and in New York, as both the Nets and the Knicks have struggled.

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Which New York NBA team will finish the season with more wins?

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