Up until a game-winner by Carmelo Anthony, the best player on the court in Friday nights 98-97 loss had been C.J. Watson who finished with a game and season high 33 points, which included six straight to give the Bulls a 97-94 lead with 30 seconds left in the game, before Anthony took over.
Filling in for Derrick Rose, who sat out due to neck spasms, Watson was able to go out and just play his game, which is more so being a scorer than being a distributor.
To say he's struggled to with Tom Thibodeau's system would be an understatement. At times he has look confused on his decision making and has struggled with a more disciplined style of play after spending the past three seasons of his professional career playing Nellie Ball in Golden State under former Warriors coach Don Nelson.
Going into last nights game, his best game this season was a 13 point performance in last Friday's 88-83 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Watson even was left in the game in the closing minutes, as he and Rose shared the backcourt.
Watson's shooting percentage's are all down this season mostly coming with the struggle of wanting to shoot or drive, but having to pass to try and make what is the best play, but in Denver he was able to loosen up and be allowed to play his style of play.
Of course, it's only one game and it's not like the Nuggets played like they wanted to win, but what has become evident this season and even more so in the loss in Denver is Watson is not a point guard and would be better utilized with having more freedom on the offensive end.
With Rose coming back, soon, it will be interesting to see if Thibodeau allows Watson to initiate the offense for the second unit rather than trying to instruct it.