Wade, Bledsoe Done for the Season, Warriors Turmoil
In case you are watching the first day of the Round of 64, you probably have not been paying attention to anything going on in professional basketball – the thing we call the NBA!
In the midst of an all-out war for playoff positioning, the Chicago Bulls received a heavy blow. The Bulls season only continues to worsen as superstar Dwyane Wade has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season with a small fracture in his elbow. Wade, who signed a two-year, $47.5-million contract with the Bulls over the summer has a player option for the 2017-18 campaign. In his first year with his hometown Chicago team Wade has averaged 18.6-points, 4.5-boards, and 3.9-assists in 30.2-minutes of action per game.
While the road to the playoffs will not get any easier for the Bulls, the Phoenix Suns have made a move as well by shutting down point guard Eric Bledsoe for the remainder of another disappointing year in the dessert.
With constant injury concerns surrounding Bledsoe, the Suns decided to not take any risks after the star guard revealed left knee pain, especially in their pursuit of a high lottery pick.
“Bled’s been great, he had a great season, he played at a high level,” Watson said. “He’s been dominant all year. He’s taken a big leap in the right direction. There’s a lot of room for him to grow and he’s excited about that.”
In Bledsoe’s absence, rookie Tyler Ulis will fill out an all-Kentucky Wildcat starting backcourt alongside sophomore Devin Booker. In his first career start, Ulis put up 13-points and 13-dimes for the Suns in you guessed it, another Phoenix loss at the hands of the Sacramento Kings.
Moving over to the top of the Western Conference standings, an anonymous Golden State Warrior player suggest that there are in fact problems mounting in the Warriors locker room and they are in no way related to their play on the court.
“Is this malaise of theirs about not feeling motivated, not thinking they have something to play for,” said Strauss on the True Hoop Pod. “Is it just being tired? There’s one guy in particular on the team that keeps saying the same thing to me, and I can’t say who he is, but he keeps saying ‘We’ve got problems and it ain’t basketball.'”
Just another quiet day around the NBA!