Jay-Z and Beyonce attend the Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets Playoff game in Brooklyn

Not since the 1980s has the 1st round of the NBA playoffs been this boring.

Sports purists are questioning how rap mogul Jay Z's lowly Brooklyn Nets made it into the first round of the NBA playoffs while other noteworthy teams such as OKC, the Pacers, and the Miami Heat sit at home.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, meet Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game in New York, NY on December 8, 2014

It was a night of firsts for British Royal couple Prince William and his pregnant wife, Duchess Kate Middleton. The Royal couple attended their first NBA game on Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they met America's self-appointed royal couple Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 33, and her husband, rapper Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, 45.

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In 2005, the NBA implemented a strict dress code to combat image problems caused by young black players wearing hip hop attire popularized by street dealers and rap stars. The dress code called for NBA players to wear "business casual" attire before and after NBA games -- even if a player was sitting on the bench.

But before last night's Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclays Center, Cleveland Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, as well as members of the Brooklyn Nets, donned black t-shirts bearing the words "I can't breathe," to support the family of Eric Garner who was suffocated by a NYPD police officer.

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LeBron and Gloria James

The Miami Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets in game 5 of the NBA playoffs in Miami last night to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the 4th consecutive year. Team co-captain LeBron James celebrated the team's big win with his favorite girl, his mom Gloria James.

After a much needed rest, LeBron and his teammates will take on the hapless Indiana Pacers on Monday or Tuesday.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce attend the Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets Playoff game in Brooklyn

Rap mogul Jay Z and his wife, singer Beyonce were escorted into the Barclay Center by a phalanx of bodyguards to attend game 4 of the NBA playoffs matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat in Brooklyn, NYC last night. The Nets went down in flames to the Heat 102-96. During the game, NBA superstar LeBron James walked over to ask Jay Z if he was alright.

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Rihanna watches the Miami Heat beat Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their Playoff Series

Pop star Rihanna laughed as Miami Heat superstar LeBron James ran into the stands Thursday night. Rihanna and her faithful sidekick Melissa Forde sat court side during the Brooklyn Nets vs Miami Heat game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Miami easily defeated the hapless Nets 94-82 to take a 2-0 lead in the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs. The 2 teams meet again in Brooklyn for game 3 on Saturday.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce cheer on the Brooklyn Nets for game six of the NBA Playoffs

Rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce sat court side during last night's Eastern Conference Playoffs game between the Toronto Raptors and Jay Z's Brooklyn Nets. The Nets easily defeated the Raptors to force a game 7 in Toronto on Sunday. Jay and Bey sat next to the Nets bench at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, while rapper Drake sat on the other side of the scorer's table next to the Raptors bench. Drake is the Raptors paid mascot.
Photos: Anthony J. Causi / Splash News

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Jason Collins

Jason Collins, the 35-year-old Brooklyn Nets bench rider who is noteworthy for who he has sex with, presented his jersey to the family of Matthew Shepherd last night. The significance of this is that Collins wore #98 on his jersey -- the year that Shepherd, a Wyoming college student, was killed in 1998 because he was gay.

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Jay Z and wife Beyonce attend the Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers game with Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Aging rapper Jay Z, left, and his long-suffering wife Beyonce, center, attended the Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Monday. Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson dropped by to chat with the couple who sat in VIP seats next to the Nets bench during the first quarter.

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Jay Z and Liv

Singer Beyonce says she rode her bike to the Barclays center for the final concert of her 3-night stand at the home of the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn on Monday.

The 31-year-old mother-of-1 wrote "I biked to Barclays for my last show in Brooklyn!" If we're to believe Beyonce, she supposedly biked the grueling 3-mile trip from her home, through congested streets and across the Brooklyn bridge to the Barclays Center.

Beyonce's husband, aging rapper Jay Z, 44, strolled onstage to steal her spotlight as she sang "Bow Down". Then Beyonce sang background for Jay as he rapped his single "Tom Ford" before kissing him on the cheek. The couple slow danced near the side of the stage then Jay Z waved goodbye.

Beyonce is apparently ignoring the latest round of allegations against her husband for cheating with women who look suspiciously like Bey.

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Jay Z and Robinson Cano

It must be hard being Jay Z these days. The "Brooklyn Go Hard" rapper is struggling to stay relevant while his wife, Beyonce, hogs the spotlight.

Today's headlines are about Jay Z selling his paltry percentage of the Brooklyn Nets so he can concentrate on his sports management company, Roc Nation Sports.

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Brooklyn Nets Fire Coach Avery Johnson

Brooklyn Nets players were caught off guard when their coach, Avery Johnson, was fired today. The move came one day after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Nets 108-93. The loss dropped the Nets (14-14) to .500 for the season. Rapper Jay Z is a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets. The success or failure of the team rests on Jay Z's shoulders.

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Jay Z and Beyonce

Rap mogul Jay Z, 42, patiently explained the difference between a free throw (in basketball) and a free kick (in soccer) to his clueless wife Beyonce. The singer looked so lost as she sat at court side with Michael Strahan, Nicole Murphy, and other celebrities for the much-anticipated match up between the thuggish NY Knicks and Jay Z's Brooklyn Nets at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday. Jay Z's Nets won the showdown by a score of 96-89. The Jigga owns a miniscule percentage of the former NJ Nets, which gives him bragging rights over other NY area rappers.

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Jay Z and Beyonce

Beyonce and Jay Z attended the 1st game of the Brooklyn Nets 1st season at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday. The former NJ Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in the team's season opener. Jay Z is the minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets -- meaning the Barclays Center janitor probably owns more of the Nets than Jay Z does.

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