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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates with Paul George (13) after a basket during the second half of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, April 19, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Portland has long called itself Rip City. Turns out that should be Oklahoma City’s nickname.

The Thunder deserve to be ripped and ripped again.

A first-round playoff exit by the Jazz wasn’t what Utahns wanted to see, but it wasn’t unexpected. The Jazz didn’t necessarily underachieve. They were playing Houston, a title contender.

The Jazz might even have overachieved. That has usually been the case. OKC? It lost in the first round for the third straight year.

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For Jazz fans wanting to blast their team for disappointing them, take a look to the southeast. The Thunder are the embodiment of underachieving. They have two All-Stars, compared to the Jazz, who have none (so far). In addition, Dennis Schröder averaged 15.5 points. Steven Adams is a 14-point, 9.5-rebound menace, with a high Player Efficiency Rating. Nerlens Noel is high-efficiency forward/center. Yet the Thunder lost to Portland in five games. They have won four playoff games combined in the last four years.

OKC has the third-highest payroll in the NBA, while the Jazz have the 23rd-highest payroll.

Utah shot poorly from the perimeter in these playoffs. It stunk in the first two games against Houston. But it gave a glimpse of a good future. The Thunder?

Every year, someone rains on their parade.