What the hell is a guy we signed 10 hours ago doing in the game with 24 seconds left? I would have killed VDN for that, and I've been giving TT a little slack since I like a lot of what he's brought to the table (this whole "running plays" thing intrigues me, and I wish to learn more.) I haven't been entirely impressed by his rotations, however, and tonight he paid for it. I don't care if John Lucas is 100% for his career (he's not, he's 79%, albeit in a very small sample size of 15-19), I would much rather see players that are in the flow of the game, and more importantly, players that have been in the NBA for the last 3 years in a position to take clutch free throws. Ronnie Brewer is a 70% career FT shooter, Bogans is 72%. Either one I would feel much more comfortable with taking those throws. Lucas wasn't even close on either of those shots, it was clear he was nervous.
The sad part is that this completely overshadows what this post was supposed to be about, which is the emergence of CJ Watson. CJ played, basically, like a poor man's Derrick Rose, someone that the other team needs to respect to go to the hole at any time, but can also hit a pull up mid-range jump shot if you give him too much space. Obviously it helps playing 44 minutes instead of the usual 12-15, but if he can find a rhythm like that, then the Bulls just get deeper and deeper.
Anyways, that one hurts, but let's remember it was without Rose, Boozer, and mostly without Taj, and we were 2 free throws away from winning. This is a good thing, despite the outcome.