Chicago Bulls News: Dwyane Wade May Return Earlier Than Expected

Chicago Bulls News: Dwyane Wade May Return Earlier Than Expected

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Despite last night’s embarrassing 100-91 loss to the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls remain in good shape to earn a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

They’ve managed to keep themselves in the playoff picture despite missing their starting shooting guard Dwyane Wade for the past ten games. He went down with a right elbow injury against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 15 and was ruled out for the rest of the regular season.

While a postseason return for Dwyane Wade has never been taken off of the table, it now seems as though things are going even better than planned, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN.com:

After initially being ruled out for the rest of the regular season because of a fractured right elbow, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade may return in the next few days as he continues to progress well during his rehab.

Wade, who injured the elbow against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 15, went through Wednesday’s practice, which included a full-contact scrimmage, and received optimistic reviews from both teammates and coaches.

The 2006 Finals MVP isn’t quite ready to return yet, but it is now looking more likely that he will be able to return during the regular season, giving him a chance to get back into rhythm before a tough first round playoff series.

If the season ended today, the Bulls, currently at seventh place in the Eastern Conference, would be matched up with the Boston Celtics.  But there will be plenty of chances for that to change, with the Celtics and the first place Cleveland Cavaliers facing off Wednesday night.

Chicago is also tied in the loss column with the eighth place Indiana Pacers and the ninth place Miami Heat.

 

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