Mitt Romney Heckles Russell Westbrook In Utah

As if the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't in enough trouble following a 113-96 Monday night defeat that has them facing a first-round out, they now could be without Russell Westbrook for Wednesday night's Game 5.

The Jazz star had a different approach, as he said after the contest: "This is the playoffs. They're tough to beat at their place, so we've got to make sure we go in and play with a lot of energy and match their physicality". He's just got to pay a fine. Westbrook has found himself in a personal battle against Ricky Rubio, one that Rubio may very well be winning through four games.

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"It's not about me and him", Westbrook said when asked about his approach to guarding Rubio. "Let's get past that". The only team in the history of the National Basketball Association playoffs with more points in one quarter was the Los Angeles Lakers, who scored 51 points in the fourth on March 31, 1962, in a loss to the Detroit Pistons. "He said he had the broom for us". "We have to be ready for a fight and respond".

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"He's done a good job of getting in there and finishing or dropping it off", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

There was one Aussie that came out these poor shooting efforts by both teams.... "But at the same time, we got a focus that we are trying to go in there and win Game 5". Westbrook guaranteed that Rubio wouldn't repeat his triple-double and on that part he was accurate: he also committed four fouls in the first half, rendering him ineffective the rest of the way.

In the most physical of the many scrums, Crowder got ejected for elbowing Steven Adams in the face.

"I thought we were just missing some open shots", Westbrook said. "That's all it was". But Mitchell is far more pleased with the way the entire team is playing. Could Donovan limit the minutes of Anthony, who Utah attacks on pick-and-rolls over and over again, if the 15-year veteran doesn't hit shots again in Game 5? "I don't look at (their success) as a surprise". "These guys are great, everyone on our team is great, the staff is great".

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