About three weeks ago Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade suffered a serious elbow injury in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He had an MRI on his elbow, which revealed a fractured bone and ligament damage. The injury was initially considered season-ending, but Wade has progressed rapidly.

Ready to return

According to multiple reports, the 35-year-old veteran is set to make a return from his injury before the season ends. Wade is reportedly eyeing a return to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. Known for being injury prone, this is actually quite surprising. At this age Wade is recovering gracefully, which is excellent news for the Bulls.

What it means for Chicago

Wade’s possible return comes at the perfect time, with Jimmy Butler and the Bulls desperately fighting for a playoff spot. Currently the Bulls own the seventh seed, tied with the Indiana Pacers and a half game ahead of the Miami Heat, who are seeded ninth. If Wade returns to the lineup, he could make a huge difference in Chicago’s playoff hopes.

Looking ahead

Looking at the schedule, Chicago will have to play the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday without Wade. Afterward, Wade could return to help them against the Brooklyn Nets who they play twice, and the Orlando Magic.

But, Wade’s assistance will be much needed for the long run. Since Chicago’s remaining schedule seems easy, the Bulls have the best odds to secure a playoff spot, which means that they will then need Wade to perform during the playoffs.

Dwyane Wade is the second leading scorer for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 18.6 points to go along with 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.5 steals per contest. After the performances he had last year during the playoffs, the Bulls could use his veteran leadership and experience to finish the season strong.

Although the Bulls have struggled to find balance between Rajon Rondo, Wade and Butler, it is still necessary for them to have a fully healthy team during the post-season. Otherwise, they may face an early playoff exit.

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