Ok, the title of this article may be a bit extreme, but hear me out.

When Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti put the "Big Three" together he did so with the intent of winning NBA Championships.

It has been anything but a cakewalk as the team is in a dog fight to make it out of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs.

With a little over eight minutes to go in the third quarter of game five Wednesday night and facing elimination, former league MVP Russell Westbrook and his OKC team found themselves trailing by 25 points and being completely dismantled in all aspects of the game by the Utah Jazz.

Then suddenly, seemingly out of no where, they flipped the switch.

Apr 25, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a play against the Utah Jazz during the fourth quarter in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The team everyone had been waiting to see all season finally showed up.

In the third quarter alone Westbrook scored a ridiculous 20 points and Paul George chipped in with 12.

This quarter not only changed the result of game five, thus saving the Thunder's season, but it could be the spark OKC needed to change the outcome of this series.

However, Donovan Mitchell has other plans.

Confident Rookie

"See y'all next year" Mitchell shouted during an exchange with a Thunder fan as the Jazz left the court following their 107-99 loss Wednesday night.

Game 7, if necessary, would be back in Oklahoma City. Clearly Mr. Mitchell isn't expecting that to be necessary.

The first year guard, who just might win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, made it clear that he feels like Utah will slam the door on this series, thus ending the Thunder's season, Friday night at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Jazz finished the season with a sensational 30-13 record on their home court, so Mitchell certainly has a reason to feel confident about their chances of putting an end to the series and moving on to the second round to face the Houston Rockets.

Not only does Mitchell have the confidence of the home court behind him tonight but the rookie has been balling out so far in the post-season.

Through five games Mitchell is averaging nearly 27 points per game to go along with nearly seven rebounds and three assists.

Apr 25, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the fourth quarter in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It is easy to forget he is a first year player when you're watching him go back and forth, scoring basket for basket, with one of the best players in the league and the reigning NBA MVP.

While Mitchell has been stealing the headlines, veteran point guard Ricky Rubio has upped his game to a level that many did not see coming.

Apr 23, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) dribbles up the court during the second half of game four of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Rubio, who has been playing so well that Westbrook had to come out in the media and proclaim that he would "shut down" the Jazz ball handler, is averaging an incredible 16.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 7.8 assists so far in the opening round series.

What a Loss Would Mean for OKC

Let us assume that the Jazz close out this series tonight and end the run for the Thunder.

What's next?

First and foremost, you have to assume that Paul George is on the first plane out of Oklahoma City.

Apr 25, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket in front of Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

George will be a free agent after the season and it has been a very poorly kept secret that he would like to play in Los Angeles with the Lakers in 2019 but rumors have started leaking out now about Philadelphia being a possible landing spot.


One team rumors are not suggesting, unless they go on a major run inĀ  the playoffs, is the Thunder.

Then you have the Carmelo Anthony situation.

Mar 18, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts to a call during a game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Oklahoma City defeated Toronto. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony has been a complete mess this season and it has spilled over into the playoffs.

Through five games this post-season Anthony is averaging an embarrassing twelve points and six rebounds per game.

Melo is on the books next season for nearly $28 million dollars and he has a no-trade guarantee to go along with that pile of cash.

OKC could potentially persuade him to accept a buyout so that he could attempt to sign on with whomever LeBron James ends up playing for but, otherwise, he will remain a cash cow that will prevent the Thunder from having the ability to spend too much money else were in free agency.

It would appear the "Big Three" could be down to the "Big One and a Half" next season.

The other problem lies in the fact that the role players and youngsters on the team simply are not that good.

No offense to those guys, as we all know if you're in the NBA, you're a heck of a ball player but lets be real - who on the OKC bench do you think could step in next year to help ease the pain of losing PG13?

Not only that, but who could the Thunder bring in with the money they will have available in free agency that will have the ability to help them right away?

What's the sales pitch?

"Ok, we really could use you here. We need you to stay out of Westbrook's way, as he likes to control the ball and the offense, but don't run into Melo as he will be hovering somewhere around the three point line."

The Thunder are a flawed team that have been getting by due to the incredible abilities of Westbrook and Paul George along with the toughness of Steven Adams.

Jan 13, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) stares down a referee after a foul call in the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Once this season is over, however, it is going to be a bumpy ride for a while.

Mr. Presti is going to need to turn on some Imagine Dragons and find some lightening for his Thunder.