Patrick Beverley, of the Clippers, Was Seen Giving Advice to Jae Crowder, of the Jazz, on How to Defend James Harden, of the Rockets
Now, it's quite possible that Jae Crowder approached Patrick Beverley for tips on how to guard someone he used to see a lot of in practice. Plus, you don't exactly have to be a degenerate gambler to know that the odds of both the Clippers and the Jazz getting past the Warriors and the Rockets in their respective series don't stand to parlay into any sort of profit. Still, giving a prospective playoff opponent advice on facing another prospective playoff opponent is a very weird move.
That being said, it's a very weird move that speaks directly to how frustrated the NBA, in its entirety, has become in trying to adequately defend James Harden. We've reached the playoffs, so the best chance you have of limiting him is probably to cross your fingers and hope the pressure turns him passive yet again, but the idea of the rest of Western Conference crowdsourcing strategies amongst themselves to stop one player is legitimately hilarious.
What we likely witnessed is a kinship between defensive stoppers that take more pride in suffocating opponents than putting up stats. However, I'd bet you could find quite a few players primed for the postseason that would also be interested in eavesdropping on a conversation whose context can be directly clued into through physical communication. If nothing else, otherwise confident NBA players adopting the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" mentality in being open to suggestions is really a testament to just how insane James Harden has driven almost every single one his primary defenders (as well as the viewing audience) with his unprecedented ability to draw fouls.