Beat writers Dave D'Alessandro and Fred Kerber try their hand at figuring out how a disappointing 9-12 team can suddenly morph into one of the league's elite. D'Alessandro of the Star-Ledger sees a number of trends coming together at once, particularly in the play of the Nets' Big Three. Kerber of the New York Post gives special credit to the bench which has gone from maligned to much appreciated. Coach Lawrence Frank figures big in both analyses.
Deconstructing the Streak: Big 3 + Bench = 8