Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade was sidelined for the majority of the second half of Wednesday night’s match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies due to an elbow injury. An injury that the 12-time all-star knew would be a little more serious than not:
“I knew it was something a little bit more, just because of what I heard. I tried to play through it a little bit, until the pain started getting more excruciating.”
Wade had an MRI scheduled for Thursday morning, and the results of that MRI are quite disappointing to say the least.
Per ESPN’s Nick Friedell-
Bulls say Dwyane Wade's MRI revealed a small fracture in his elbow. He is out for the rest of the regular season.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 16, 2017
This news could seriously hinder any hopes for the Bulls reaching the playoffs this season, as they’re now a full game behind the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons and ninth-seeded Miami Heat. Granted, the odds of them making the playoffs seemed like it was going to be a long shot given the resurgence of the Miami Heat over the past month or so.
Even still, it’s never good to be without your team’s second highest scorer in points per game (18.6). Wade is also third on the Bulls in assists per game, with 3.9; second in steals per game, with 1.51; and second in PER, with 19.2.