March 16, 2017

Dwyane Wade is Out for the Season With an Elbow Fracture

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The Bulls playoff hopes are dwindling.

After having an MRI on his right elbow, Bulls guard Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the season after injuring it in the second half of Wednesday’s 98-91 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Wade tried to play through the injury, but he was taken out of the game with 8:35 left in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. He was seen wearing a sling in the Bulls’ locker room after the game, which can be seen in the video above.

“I’ve got to get an MRI tomorrow morning and see what it is,” Wade said. “I just got caught up going up for a rebound with [Grizzlies big man] Zach [Randolph] and one of our big guys, got caught up there in the mix of stuff and heard a couple of pops.”

“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.”

With the loss, and the loss to Wade, the Bulls are now sitting at 32-36, a game behind the Miami Heat for the last playoff spot in the East which will be hard to grab without their veteran star. Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler said he knows the Bulls are in serious trouble without Wade.

“It’s tough,” Butler said. “We need everybody right now with what we’re trying to have happen [going to the playoffs], especially that guy. If he’s injured, it’s unfortunate. … We want him back as soon as possible.”

Butler suffered a left elbow injury two seasons ago and gave Wade some advice on the injury.

“He asked me how long I was out, and I told him,” Butler said. “He said, ‘Oh, wow.’ It is what it is. Hopefully it’s not what I had. I know it’s pain, I can tell you that much. I know how it feels.”

Wade spoke more on the injury.

“My concern is, there’s only 14 games left, and I’ve never had this injury before,” he said. “I could miss two days, two weeks, I don’t know. I know Jimmy’s had something similar to this before, and I don’t like what he’s got to say about it. So that’s my concern, is that we’re trying to make the playoffs, we’ve only got 14 games left, and I don’t know how long this will take to get better. It’s my shooting arm, too.”

Wade said this is the first time he has dealt with an elbow injury.

“This is a first,” Wade said. “I’ve always said, as long as I’ve played, I’ve experienced almost everything. Hopefully it’s not as bad as I perceived it to be. So I’ll get in there tomorrow morning, see what the doctors say and start my rehab process.”

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