What has gone wrong during the postseason for the OKC Thunder?
That question has been making the rounds today after a testosterone and technical-foul filled loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
A preposterous seven technical fouls were issued in Monday night's 113-96 loss which also saw Jazz forward Jae Crowder ejected after hitting Thunder big man Steven Adams in the face with an elbow during an altercation with Carmelo Anthony.
The game was mired in hard fouls, trash-talking, and unnecessary fouls that could have been looked at as cheap shots from both teams.
With the Thunder now trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, it may be time for the team to look in the mirror and figure out who they are and how they got here.
The Big Three
With expectations sky-high this year, it would be quite a disappointing end to the season if the Thunder were to be eliminated in the first round of this year's Western Conference Playoffs.
After trading Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George,NBA beat writes and fans alike were over-joyed with the thoughts of adding the all-star forward to a lineup that already consisted of Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.
The team was able to cruise to a 48-34 regular season record, giving them the #4 seed in the playoffs.
With Paul George becoming a free agent after the season it was believed that the team would likely need a deep playoff run to potentially entice him into signing an extension to stay in OKC.
Right now, that isn't looking good.
Emotions ran high during game four of the series and the "big three" played a key role in the altercations.
George had a few dust ups with Joe Ingles which saw both players receive technical fouls.
Carmelo was involved in the altercation with Crowder that resulted in Steven Adams' taking an inadvertent elbow to the nose.
Last but not least, Westbrook not only committed a few 'hard fouls' that resulted in tempers starting to flare, but the NBA is now reviewing whether or not he should be suspended for getting involved in an altercation between Rudy Gobert and Raymond Felton.
The rule states that a player is not allowed to leave the bench during an altercation and, in fairness, Westbrook was not on the bench when he got involved in the scuffle, he was at the scorer's table waiting to check into the game.
Extremely Important Game Five
The Thunder must find a way to keep their emotions in check or their season could come to an end Wednesday night which would lead to an off-season full of questions.
Will they be able to find a way to focus on their game and not let their emotions get the better of them?
Will they be able to crack the Jazz team defense that has slowed them down for long stretches during the series so far?
Can Carmelo rediscover his jump shot and scoring prowess?
Will Westbrook be suspended for game five?
There are a lot of questions heading in Wednesday night's game and, if the season does indeed come to an end with a loss, the off-season is going to be a tense few months for Thunder fans.