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.
The hapless Brooklyn Nets will attempt to survive the 1st round against daunting #1 seed Atlanta Hawks. Sports analysts say the Nets don't qualify to carry the Hawks' water bottles. So how did the Nets -- with a season won-loss record of 38-44 -- get into the playoffs?
Yahoo Sports writer Kelly Dwyer was one of those questioning the Nets's dubious entry into the post-season.
"…a 38-44 team that at one point was 10 games under .500 (playing mostly in the East, no less) will make the postseason while a 45-win Oklahoma City Thunder team and an honest-to-goodness batch of basketball saints from Indiana will sit out."
With rap mogul Jay Z holding a minority stake in the Nets it's easy to see why the Nets are in the playoffs.
The Nets are expected to go 4 and out the door in the best-of-7 series, but the NBA's sponsors and television networks paid big bucks to see Beyonce sitting in the front row. Maybe Bey will spill a drink on Jay Z to heat things up a bit.
Other teams rounding out the Eastern Conference playoffs' picture are Sandrarose.com's favorite to win it all, the #2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers who take on the hapless #7 seed Boston Celtics.
#3 Chicago Bulls vs. #6 Milwaukee Bucks
#4 Toronto Raptors vs. #5 Washington Wizards
#1 Golden State Warriors vs. #8 New Orleans Pelicans
#2 Houston Rockets vs. #7 Dallas Mavericks
#3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. #6 San Antonio Spurs
#4 Portland Trail Blazers vs. #5 Memphis Grizzlies
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