C.J. Watson missed all eight of his shots from the floor in Monday night's 85-59 wipeout of the Magic in Orlando but that doesn't mean he played a lousy game, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
"I don't necessarily judge him by his shots," Thibodeau said of Watson. "I measure him more on how he runs the team and how the team functioning and how he's playing defense. He can play well when he doesn't shoot well. That's what he did in that game."
The Bulls are 11-4 without MVP Derrick Rose heading after Wednesday night's come-from-behind win over the Raptors, which says a lot about their depth at point guard. John Lucas III sparked the Bulls fourth-quarter run ad finished with 13 points while Watson had 15.
"C.J. has played very well for us whenever he has started," Thibodeau said. "He's been solid. John has been terrific. The bench has been very good. Then our starters have done a good job."
The Bulls will need continued solid play from Watson, Lucas III and James because Rose may not return from a strained groin for several more days, if not longer.
The Bulls' MVP point guard is still walking gingerly at Air Canada Centre during Wednesday morning's shootaround. He has began working out in water and has done some shooting but little else. It was his fifth-straight missed game and 15th overall this season.
"He's doing more and more," Thibodeau said. "He's doing some shooting. He's in the pool. He's moving along."