Watson gets the Carlos Boozer Memorial Bad Defense Picture for this one. (Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE)
Not-unrelated reports from KC Johnson on Wednesday: Mike James will be re-signed (for the rest of the season), and CJ Watson may see some rest soon:
C.J. Watson is 12-for-44 with 15 turnovers over his last five games and coach Tom Thibodeau opted for John Lucas III down the stretch of Monday's loss to Houston.
Watson is quietly battling lingering soreness from the left ankle and left elbow injuries he sustained earlier this season, and Thibodeau uncharacteristically hinted at sitting Watson in some stretches of April to let him heal.
Watson injured his ankle on 3/5, re-joining that game but missing the next week. Coincidentally (?), Watson came back only after Derrick Rose got hurt himself. Since that return, Watson hasn't really looked the same, and as KC notes these last 5 contests have been particularly bad.
Mike James was signed to his second 10-day contract when Rose was hurt, but James only played 4 minutes in that time and wasn't re-signed. Maybe Thibs would've been more comfortable using James if he was with the team beyond a couple of prior 10-day deals, and when James's deal expired again the Bulls only had (an apparently still gimpy) Watson and John Lucas III at PG.
Why not also have an emergency-emergency (so it goes in this truncated season) PG during that time? To save space under the luxury tax. We'll never know the big opportunities that may have slipped by due to it over this contending season, or the decade prior, but here's one little thing that's certainly been affected by ownership.