It didn't take long for Dwyane Wade's fears to be realized.
After injuring his elbow in Wednesday night's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Wade spoke to CSNChicago.com's Vincent Goodwill and expressed his concern and hoped he could heal like Wolverine.
But his body does not have the same regenerative power as the X-Men superhero and the Bulls announced Thursday Wade is done for the regular season with a fracture in his elbow.
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The Bulls woke up Thursday morning one game back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, trailing both the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons.
It will obviously be tougher for the Bulls to even make the playoffs without the services of Wade, who was averaging 18.6 points per game to go with 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals.
The 35-year-old Wade signed a two-year, $47 million contract prior to the season and will wind up with only 57 games played on the campaign.
Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.
TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch.
Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win.
So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best.
To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games.
"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season."
After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks.
Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups.