Watson, who was an 81-percent free-throw shooter, passed to Omer Asik, a 45-percent free-throw shooter, with seven seconds left. Asik was fouled and missed both free throws and the Bulls were later eliminated 79-78.
“The season ended how it ended,” he said. “I wasn’t sorry about that. I knew I could do better. It was a critical mistake maybe at the time but I didn’t think it was. I just thought I got mistreated but it is what it is.”
Watson, who signed a two-year deal (the second year a player option) with the Brooklyn Nets for the veteran’s minimum this offseason, would not elaborate on the nature of this mistreatment.