After suffering an elbow injury in Wednesday night’s game vs. Memphis, an MRI confirmed that Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade has a small fracture in his right elbow and is out for the remainder of the season.
Wade exited last night’s game at 8:35 remaining the fourth quarter. The injury occurred after Wade got tangled up with Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph as they were both going for a rebound.
“It sucks. It’s not the way I would’ve written it. But it is what it is.”-Wade addressing injury to media Thursday
Wade, averaging 18.6 points per game this season, did say if the Bulls make the playoffs he will play. His fracture will not require surgery.
Wade finishes the season averaging 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. The fan favorite also shot 43.3% and 31.3% from three in 57 games.
As the Bulls attempt to make the playoffs, currently one game back for the 8th seed, it will have to be done without their second leading scorer. Jimmy Butler is going to have to really step up and it’s going to be on his shoulders to lead this team to the playoffs. And that may be difficult considering Butler has not been the same since his heel injury.
Outside of Wade and Butler, there are no proven consistent scorers. We have seen it in games this season in the fourth quarter when it’s just Butler, it does not go well. Opposing teams are double-teaming Butler and daring others to shoot. Without Wade out there with him, the Bulls depend on the isolation game with Butler and the results are not there.
Butler has all the ability to knock down shots when it’s matters and take over a game but now he will have to do that for 14 straight games for the Bulls to have a shot at the playoffs.