This is not a period in which the public will side with Russell Westbrook's every rationale. Last night, a tight-knit Utah Jazz side led by rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell, disposed of Westbrook and his Oklahoma Thunder. The decisive five point margin in Game 6 doesn't begin to spell some of the low points in the series. Needless to say, Westbrook and his high profile teammates Paul George and Carmelo Anthony all took the rookie Mitchell aside and heaped his praise. The night simply didn't end of that high note.

As Westbrook exited the tunnel after shaking hands with the victors, he quite nearly threw punches at a fan. The fan in question stuck his phone in Westbrook's face. Russell is obviously one of the more expressive, outspoken players in the game. His tetchy manner sometimes falls real close to turning ugly. Rival players have too much respect for his play, they won't engage.

Westbrook maintained his innocence in the altercation, blaming the fan for drawing first blood: "Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here with these fans. It's truly disrespectful. Talk about your families, your kids. It's truly disrespectful to the game, man." See for yourself.

[via ESPN]