Many people thought Dwyane Wade was going to be a Miami Heat lifer, so it’s going to take some time getting used to seeing him in a Chicago Bulls uniform. It certainly was surreal watching Wade make his Bulls debut against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night at the United Center, especially when he was introduced first among Bulls starters. He was even introduced as being “from Chicago” like Derrick Rose used to be:
This is weird pic.twitter.com/pq4GcJe1eq
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) October 4, 2016
Wade played just 12 minutes, as he was in a bit of foul trouble early and didn’t play in the second half as planned. He scored six points in those 12 minutes, with all six points coming on three-pointers. The veteran has vowed to shoot more three-pointers after making only seven threes all of last season (he did catch fire in the playoffs with 12 treys), and his wife, Gabrielle Union, made it a point to note the made threes:
Was that another 3… but but but ????
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 4, 2016
As for the game at hand, the Bulls got out to a quick 14-3 start, only to see the Bucks roar back and control things for most of the rest of the night. But Chicago’s subs erased a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit, setting up a tight finish in the final few minutes. Unfortunately for the Bulls (but was it really?), Cristiano Felicio missed two free throws in the final seconds, and the Bucks pulled out a 93-91 victory.
Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott both scored 13 points to lead Chicago. Rajon Rondo had two points, seven assists, six rebounds and five turnovers in his Bulls debut, showing both the good and the bad of his game. Greg Monroe had 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench to lead Milwaukee. Bulls first-round draft pick Denzel Valentine suffered a sprained left ankle and didn’t return after showing some nice things in the first half.