By Sandra Rose  | 

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.

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'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

Western Conference

#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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    • Mother Of Dragons, The Next Supreme (proud nerd)

      Good morning Roses! It's a beautiful day here in the DMV. Everyone have a great day, I'm sending positive mojo out to all :nun:


    • Ms Peaches

      My bet is for Cleveland to take the East too.

    • MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:


    • Afiya says FOH :chase:

      This can't be right :nono: Did this come for The Onion? :thinking:

    • MissL

      at least one Ny team is in there cus them Knicks ain't sheiiiit

    • Bird

      Sandy the Western Conference is waaaaaay better than the Eastern Confernce. That's why OKC couldn't squeeze through. There are 7 teams in the West that have won more than 50 games compared to 3 in the East. So the Thunder's 45 games might be top knotch in the East but it's chopped liver in the West.