Bulls at Sixers Game 6 recap: CJ Watson better stay out of Chicago

Bulls at Sixers Game 6 recap: CJ Watson better stay out of Chicago
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I have seen my share of bone-headed plays in my lifetime of watching sports, but the one CJ Watson pulled at what turned out to be the end of the Bulls' season might just take the cake.

I'm sure that you saw the play if you're reading this, but the Bulls had Game 6 won. Plain and simple, we were heading back to Chicago for a Game 7.

The Bulls led 78-77 after Spencer Hawes hit a layup with 12.8 seconds left. The Bulls were able to quickly inbound the ball to Watson (I refuse to call him CJ ever again, he's a stranger to me now), the best free throw shooter the Bulls had on the floor.

Philly attempted to foul him in the back-court, but missed. He was dribbling free, waiting to be fouled (or so we all assumed). But then, for some idiotic reason, Watson decides to pass the ball to Omer Asik under the basket.

What part of "when a team leads with under 24 seconds to play and the shot clock off, they give the ball to their best FT shooter and let the other team foul him" does Mr Watson not understand?

And you passed to one of the worst 5 free throw shooters in the league? How stupid are you?

If someone hunts you down in Chicago, it's your own fault for going back to the city. You single-handedly lost this game, and probably the series, with a Webber-esqe move.

That all being said, why didn't Asik fake an injury after he was flagrantly fouled? Yeah I know they didn't call a flagrant, but he got grabbed from behind by the shoulders by a player who made no play on the ball, that's a flagrant.

Even Shaq called it on TNT, it was a flagrant, plain and simple.

Anyway, if a player is too injured to shoot FT's, he can't return to the game and the other team gets to choose which player shoots the FTs. No matter who the Sixers chose, he was guaranteed to be better than Asik.

That's something that I'd expect a professional staff to think about- of course I'm a Patriots fan so maybe it's not fair of me to hold Thibodeau to a Belechick-ish standard. But that's something I work on with Asik if he's going to be on the floor at the very end of a game- which you know he will be eventually.

The bad non-flagrant call sucked, but it never should have been possible. If idiot Watson doesn't give the ball to Asik, he's shooting two free throws.

Or maybe Watson was afraid he'd choke with the game on the line.

As a Kentucky Wildcat fan, all I can say is that Watson is a "typical Tennessee Volunteer".


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  • Don ... Several thoughts. The Bulls are really in a tough spot. With Rose & Deng being injured, needing surgery, and likely to miss most of the first half of next season, they're not only short handed but have NO money available.

    #7 played himself out of a contract ... yet the Bulls have virtually no choice but to bring him back. That said, they have to find a serviceable PG. JL3 and James are not acceptable. Scal ... love him, nope.

    You may choose to continue to defend #5. 1-11 is simply unacceptable from someone who was paid a LOT of money to be what he can't (or won't) be. 3 words - AM NES TY. He will NOT move his feet on help defense. Either incapable or stupid. Can't be changed.

    Korver? Give Collins credit. They basically face-guarded him the entire series. Smart!

    Yes of course it was a flagrant foul. But with Garretson lite, 3-card Monty and the invisible man holding down the fort there was NO chance of any of them blowing anything but the call. Not a hint of a testicle among them!!

  • You can't just blame Watson. The Bulls had plenty of opportunities to ice the game. And failed.

    And if you want dumb, how about a coach playing a fragile Rose when the team is 12 points up with less than two minutes to go.

    As stupid as it gets!

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    Don Ellis started covering sports professionally when he was 15. The same year (1980), as a student assistant at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon, IN, he was one of the first in the world to use, study and implement analytics in basketball. He attended Daytona State College and Ball State University, and some of his past credits include InsideHoops (NBA Runaround: The NBA According to Ellis) and ESPN Florida (The Florida Sports Reporters), where he was fortunate enough to work with many rising stars, including NFL Network's Dan Hellie, Redskins coach Jay Gruden, Magic radio and TV personality Dante Marchitelli, and WSB-TV (Atlanta) Sports Director Zach Klein. In addition to running the Bullsville blog and officiating basketball, baseball and football for the KHSAA, he is also a bass player and vocalist who writes and produces music in his spare time (you may remember his internet hit "I Hate Eddy Curry"). He's a 3rd-generation Cubs fan, a Bulls fan since the days of Van Lier and Sloan, and a life-long New England Patriots fan. He's seen Primus 9 times and thinks Les Claypool walks on water. By far his greatest accomplishment is being a father of three and grandfather of one.

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