The Chicago Bulls announced on Thursday that Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the regular season with a broken elbow.
Back in November, a more innocent time for the Bulls and their backers, Dwyane Wade was leaning back near the sideline at TD Garden in Boston, looking ahead to what figured to be a fascinating season for his new team.
The Bulls now sit at 10th in the Eastern Conference and will not be attending the playoffs this year (unless a miracle happens).
As if the Bulls didn’t have a hard enough road just to get to the postseason…
While the Chicago Bulls were playing away in Boston, a Celtics fan shouted at Wade telling him that Avery Bradley had his number. He is expected to miss 14 more to bring him to 25.
But an odd “miscommunication” between Wade and Pat Riley drove Wade elsewhere.
The Los Angeles Lakers have shut down Tomothy Mosgov and Luol Deng to give their young players full control of the team.
Fantasy basketball owners who had held on to Wade are going to take the hardest hit, as his injury is taking place during most head-to-head league playoffs. Wade told ESPN that if the Bulls manage to rally and sneak into the playoffs, he’ll play if cleared by doctors.
They did. And whether they expected it to or not, it worked.
But it hasn’t gone the way Wade – or the Bulls – would have liked.
Wade’s scoring average is his lowest since his rookie season and 43.4 percent shooting is the lowest of his career.
Exhibit A is Rondo, who has been fantastic in his two starts after being relegated to a reserve role since December 30. Sweeping those three games might just put the Bulls back in the No. 8 playoff seed.
Cameron Payne (foot) is listed as out and not with the team for Friday against the Wizards.
That’s going to be a very tough call for Wade.
Rajon Rondo had 17 points on 7 of 16 shooting, while Jimmy Butler went 4 for 16 and wound up with 14 points. “We talked about it, we coached it, we watched the film, but they executed and that was the good part”.