Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons had a lot going through his mind just after the buzzer sounded late Monday night — processing that he'd just put up playoff career highs of 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists against the No. 1-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, getting past the moment of fear that had to have come while watching Serge Ibaka rise up for an uncontested putback (which somehow didn't go in), feeling a victory-related rush after holding on for a 105-103 win that forced a Game 5 in this best-of-seven first-round series, etc.
Sometimes, when that much is going on, you can lose sight of other stuff — like, for example, a front-row fan who wants nothing more than to celebrate the victory with you. At least, that's got to be what this fan had to be telling himself, because it's way more comforting than thinking about what actually appeared to happen ... namely, that Parsons began the motion of giving him a pound, took a closer look at him, thought better of it and walked away.
Pretty cold, Chandler — and your former Rockets teammate, Sacramento Kings forward Patrick Patterson, definitely noticed:
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) April 30, 2013
One possible explanation: After turning in the biggest game of his NBA career to date, maybe Parsons just kind of wanted to roll like noted dap-refuser LeBron James. I mean, if you're going to get on that level, you might as well get on that level, right?
Whatever the explanation, Parsons has since realized the error of his ways. After being prompted by Patterson and others to account for his denial, Parsons took to Twitter to offer to make amends ... while also on-the-sly guaranteeing a win in Game 5:
S/O to my man I left hanging with the fist bump. Just now seeing this,I'll get you next time at game 6!!
— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) April 30, 2013
Smooth moves, Mr. Parsons. As if we should expect anything less.
If the clip above isn't rocking for you, feel free to check it out elsewhere, thanks to SI.com's Ben Golliver.