Bulls’ Wade out for season with elbow injury

UNTV News   •   March 17, 2017   •   2403

Mar 15, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) is fouled on this play and falls to the court during the second half at the United Center. Wade is out for the season. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right elbow, the team announced on Thursday.

Wade underwent an MRI exam after sustaining the injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 98-91 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The results of the MRI showed a sprain in addition to a small fracture in the elbow.

A 12-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion, Wade said he sustained the injury when his elbow was caught awkwardly while battling Zach Randolph and others for a rebound.

The injury comes at a pivotal time for the Bulls (32-36), who reside a game behind the Detroit Pistons (33-35) and Wade’s former team — the Miami Heat (33-35) — for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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.

In 855 regular-season games with the Heat, Wade averaged 23.7 points and shot 48.8 percent. He averaged 19 points in 74 games last season after missing a combined 48 contests due to various injuries the previous two seasons.

Celtics hand Bulls worst loss in franchise history

UNTV News   •   December 10, 2018

Dec 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Theis scored a career-high 22 points, and Boston opened the game with 17 consecutive points while rolling to an easy 133-77 victory over the host Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Jaylen Brown scored a team-best 23 points off the bench, and Jayson Tatum made all four 3-point attempts while scoring 18 points as the Celtics won their season-best fifth straight contest. Terry Rozier added 15 points, Kyrie Irving and Semi Ojeleye each scored 13 and Marcus Morris tallied 12 for Boston.

Shaquille Harrison scored a career-best 20 points, Zach LaVine added 11 and Cameron Payne had 10 for the Bulls, who have lost eight of their last nine. The franchise-worst 56-point defeat occurred in Jim Boylen’s third game as coach after replacing the fired Fred Hoiberg.

It also was the Celtics’ largest margin of victory in franchise history.

Boston was 22 of 43 from 3-point range as Brown, Ojeleye and Rozier each knocked down three. The Celtics shot 53.8 percent overall.

Theis collected a season-best 10 rebounds to help Boston record a 54-37 rebounding edge. He had an increased role with Al Horford scratched due to a knee injury.

The Bulls shot 38.3 percent and were 6 of 24 from 3-point range.

Chicago missed its first 11 field-goal attempts while the Celtics were scoring the first 17 points. Morris’ dunk with 6:12 left capped the burst for Boston.

Jabari Parker’s two free throws with 5:42 to play were the Bulls’ first points, and Robin Lopez’s basket 36 seconds later was the team’s first field goal.

The Celtics held a 20-point lead on Gordon Hayward’s 3-pointer with 33.1 seconds left before settling for a 35-17 advantage.

Boston led 43-21 early in the second quarter after Rozier drained a 3-pointer with 9:47 left in the half. LaVine’s three-point play moved Chicago within 48-33 with 6:17 to play, but Marcus Smart knocked down a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to give the Celtics a 64-43 halftime lead.

The assault continued in the third quarter as Boston pushed the lead over 30 for the time when Irving buried a 3-pointer to make it 83-51 with 5:41 left. The margin was 34 two-plus minutes later on Brown’s basket, and the Celtics closed the quarter with a 93-60 lead.

The lead topped 40 for the first time when Brown drained a 3-pointer to make it 109-67 with 8:19 remaining.

Brown also did the honors to push the lead over 50 when he connected on a 3-pointer to make it 125-73 with 3:12 to play.

Boston’s biggest lead was 58 points.

—Field Level Media

Wade leaving Miami Heat for Chicago Bulls: reports

admin   •   July 7, 2016

May 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won in overtime 94-87. Mandatory...

May 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won in overtime 94-87. Mandatory…

Dwyane Wade is leaving the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls, returning to the city of his birth, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

The 12-time NBA All-Star guard had agreed a $47.5 million two-year deal with the Bulls, the Miami Herald reported.

Wade’s move brings down the curtain on 13 seasons with the Heat, where he was an integral part of three championship-winning teams, two of them with LeBron James as his team mate.

The 34-year-old is a Chicago native, though he has played his entire NBA career in south Florida.

Wade reportedly felt under-appreciated by the Heat, after taking a pay cut in 2010 to allow the team come in under the salary cap.

He has averaged 23.7 points and 5.8 rebounds during his NBA career.

Wade is the second big name in the NBA to move this week, following Kevin Durant’s switch from Oklahoma City to the Golden State Warriors.

However, while Durant joins a powerful team that won the 2015 NBA championship and were beaten finalists this year, Wade moves to an outfit coming off a middling 42-40 season.

The Bulls enjoyed their most success as a franchise when Michael Jordan carried them to six championships in the 1990s.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by John O’Brien)

Butler, Bulls blast past Suns

admin   •   November 19, 2015

Nov 18, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) handles the ball in the second half against thePhoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Bulls defeated the Suns 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 18, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) handles the ball in the second half against thePhoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Bulls defeated the Suns 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Chicago guard Jimmy Butler was lamenting his shooting touch of late before facing Phoenix but in the fourth quarter, with his team in need of a finishing kick, Butler scored 14 of his season-high 32 points as the Bulls beat the Suns 103-97.

It was a fourth consecutive win for Chicago, who head to Oakland for a meeting with the 12-0 Golden State Warriors on Friday.

“It felt good to make some shots and see the ball go through the net,” said Butler, who was 14-for-41 from the field in his previous three games before going 11-for-23 on Wednesday.

“My team mates just kept giving me the ball and telling me to shoot it whether I wanted to or not. They said to be aggressive and take the shots I think I can make. That’s what I did.”

Butler had 20 points in the second half while playing all 24 minutes. He hit the 30-point mark for the eighth time in his career.

“He did it all for us in that fourth quarter,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said.

“I tried to take him out, and he wouldn’t let me. It was almost like his energy level went up as the game went on. That’s what big-time performers do; they step up when you need it most.”

Chicago (8-3) improved to 6-1 in their past seven trips to Phoenix dating back to 2007.

Kirk Hinrich, starting in place of Derrick Rose (sprained left ankle), added 14 points and six assists in 24 minutes.

“When I feel fresh, I feel good about my shot, and I’m feeling fresh right now,” said the 34-year-old Hinrich, who ranks third behind Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in games played for the Bulls. “I’m just trying to keep my conditioning and my health good and keep contributing.”

Suns guard Brandon Knight scored 23 points, Eric Bledsoe had 21 points and seven assists, and P.J. Tucker added 20 points, two shy of his career high.

Phoenix (6-5) missed a chance to complete a four-game homestand sweep after wins against the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers.

“There were a few breakdowns, but at the end of the day, they made tough shots,” Tucker said. “We didn’t get a lot of consecutive stops tonight. We relied too much on our offense and not as much on the defense. We didn’t finish.”

The Bulls put up 31 points in the fourth quarter, but Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said the 31 points Chicago scored in the first hurt his team as much.

“They are a good team. They don’t need any extra confidence,” Hornacek said. “But when they come in and make 11 of their first 13 (shots) that they take … now it’s uphill. We were battling all night to get back and finally get the lead.”

Phoenix rallied from 17 points down in the second quarter and led 88-87 after two Bledsoe free throws with 4:47 left.

The Bulls regained the lead on a dunk by Pau Gasol and a three-pointer from Hinrich. Butler put the game out of reach with a driving layup, a 21-foot jumper and a three-point dagger with 1:08 left to make it 99-92 Chicago.

“Butler made every shot, Hinrich made a couple of big ones, and when the game was on the line, they made them,” Hornacek said.

Gasol finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. Bulls guard Aaron Brooks had 12 points before leaving the game with a left hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.

“I don’t know how it will be, but it’s pretty bad. It’s nothing I’ve ever been through before,” Brooks said. “I didn’t feel a tear or a pop. I’ll wake up and see how it feels tomorrow.”

(Compiled by Peter Rutherford)


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