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.
Wade injured his elbow in a game Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzles.
"Hopefully it's not as bad as I perceived it to be", said Wade, who had his arm in a sling after the game.
Wade, 35, is averaging 18.6 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds this season after signing a two-year, $47.5 million deal over the summer.
The Bulls now sit at 32-36, and a just game out of the playoff hunt for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Of course, Chicago star Jimmy Butler will need to carry much of the load for the Bulls to reach the postseason. Wade said if he's cleared by doctors he'll return to the playoffs, but getting to the postseason could prove hard without the services of the future Hall of Fame guard.
"I tried to play through it a little bit until the pain started getting a little bit more excruciating".
"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.
"Obviously him being a friend of mine and not just another player in this league, it's a little more heartfelt to see him get hurt".
As for Wade, will this be his only season in his hometown? "I don't think everybody knew exactly what happened". Wade, however, has said he holds no ill-will toward Rondo. The Bulls will try to climb back toward the No. 8 spot in the East when they host the Grizzlies on Wednesday. And as they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and I'm a strong mofo, so I want to thank everybody again.
While the Chicago Bulls were playing away in Boston, a Celtics fan shouted at Wade telling him that Avery Bradley had his number. But I'll just move past it, get better, and no surgery, so that's one thing I'm happy about.