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.2 comments on this story
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.