Thunder fans had high hopes as a four seed, but a loss means two straight seasons of losing a first round series, 4 games to 1.
History not on OKC's side. The team is 0-11 when trailing in playoff games, 3 to 1.
The biggest positive for Wednesday night? Game 5 is in Oklahoma City. The Thunder struggled big time to sustain any type of rhythm in Utah, and their crowd factored into that.
You hope, the Thunder players will be inspired and fed up with losing to the Jazz.
Early on tensions were high in Game 3, leading to Jae Crowder ejection in the 2nd half after landing an elbow to Steven Adams' face. From the start of that game, you could tell someone would be ejected.
Russell had four first half fouls, after promising to shut down Ricky Rubio.
It will be interesting to see how the referees will call Game 4. Seven technicals were called in the last game.
Hopefully, OKC can keep its cool and play with a controlled emotion and not let the Jazz players put them in a bad place and end the series.
“Intensity, it should be there tonight in the situation we're in right now. It's a must win, so it's the only thing we've got on our mind going into tonight,” said Paul George.
“I think it's normal I mean, because we understand the situation. We haven't lost, we're still in it. Confidence level is the same, everyone knows what we have to do,” said Steven Adams.