Bulls' Dwyane Wade misses game with swollen knee

ByNick Friedell via ESPN logo
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CHICAGO -- Bulls guard Dwyane Wadedid not play in Monday night's 118-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets because of what coach Fred Hoiberg called "a little bit of swelling" in his left knee.

Hoiberg said Wade's discomfort started after Saturday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"He had just a little bit of soreness after the game the other night," Hoiberg said. "It was obviously a tough week with five games in seven nights. We decided to play him in the back-to-back because of the early game the day before. He just got a little bit of swelling in there. It's not sore. He said it's happened from time to time in his career. Hope to have him back on Wednesday."

Hoiberg does not believe Wade will have to undergo an MRI on his knee.

This is the third game Wade has missed this season; the first two were because the Bulls decided to rest the 14-year veteran on the back end of two back-to-backs earlier in the season.

Hoiberg was asked if Wade's latest setback will change the coach's thought process as far as playing Wade on the second night of back-to-backs.

"We've got several back-to-backs this month," Hoiberg said. "We'll continue to take it probably on a game-by-game basis. But it's something we have met about as a staff, and we'll see how it plays out going forward."

Doug McDermott will start in Wade's place.