By ESPN.com news services
Bulls guard Dwyane Wade is out for the rest of regular season after an MRI revealed he has a small fracture and a sprain in his right elbow.
“It wasn’t the worst-case scenario,” Wade said after Thursday’s practice. “Not a good scenario. But kind of what I thought. I told them that I heard a ‘pop, pop,’ and I kind of said that [Wednesday night], and it was pretty much a dislocation at the time, and it went back in, so kind of dealing with the aftermath of what that looks like. This is what it looks like.”
Wade’s injury occurred during the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies when his arm got twisted during a play between Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph and a couple of his teammates. Wade wore an elbow brace/cast as he spoke to reporters.
“I mean, it was a fractured bone and some ligament damage,” Wade said. “Technical terms would be a sprain or whatever, but things like that. … But the good thing about it is it did go back in. Obviously it’s a big injury in baseball when it comes to baseball and pitchers — the Tommy John word that everyone in baseball and pitchers are afraid of — so it was big in that way, but I was lucky that it went back in, and now the biggest thing is about protecting it, making sure it heals the right way, so I can get back to my football passes on the basketball court.”
Wade came into Wednesday night’s game having missed 11 games already this season. He is expected to miss 14 more to bring him to 25. Wade said that if the Bulls make the playoffs, he will play if he is cleared by doctors. The Bulls are currently a game behind the Detroit Pistons for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
“I’ll probably have to wear this [cast] for two weeks, but I have to take it off to do my rehab and stuff,” he said. “Doc really wants me to make sure that it heals right, so I think this [cast] will be about a two-weeker, but I go back in a week, get another X-ray, see how everything is healing and go from there.”
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that it was a “tough blow” to lose Wade.