Republican politicians have been an unexpected theme of this year's NBA Western Conference playoffs. After Mitt Romney showed up at the Jazz's first-round defeat of the Thunder and taunted Russell Westbrook, Senator Ted Cruz emerged at Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.

Cruz, who once called a hoop a "basketball ring," sure seemed to be into the action.

The Rockets, of course, failed to fulfill Cruz's hopes, falling to Golden State, 101-92. And, naturally, Cruz came under fire for cursing Houston.