PJ Tucker Was Straight Stupidified By An In-Bounds In His Direction While The Knicks Scooped It Up To Cut The Rockets' Lead To One In The Final Minute
So, the easy joke to make here is that every extra in the Rockets' one-man-show has become so unfamiliar with receiving the rock that one was taken aback by it like he was blinded by the spotlight until the Knicks helped themselves to two free points in crunch time.
The thing is, I'm not so sure that's as much of a punchline as it is the only actual explanation for PJ Tucker appearing as though his controller shut off in the final minute of a one-possession NBA game. Other than the otherwise savvy veteran expecting James Harden to swoop in, snag his most prized possession, and dribble the air out of in en route to his home at the free throw stripe in adding to another insane offensive effort, what else could have possibly been going through the mind of PJ Tucker as he treated a live ball as if it had either fangs or cooties?
It's not often that the most hilarious way of viewing a laughable blooper is also the most logical, but - assuming one of the NBA's preeminent hustle players wasn't body-snatched by JR Smith - I can't think of a better reason for that brain fart than a fear of interfering with the beard. It's almost impossible to hate on what James Harden is doing in making history on a bi-weekly basis...
However, considering how often they stand around watching, it would make sense if the first instinct of some of his teammates was to do just that when unexpectedly offered the rarest of opportunities to handle the ball. Well, at least it would make more sense than any other excuse PJ Tucker might have for being stunned stiff like the loose ball just pulled a loaded gun on him.