It’s definitely not a subject one wants to tackle, but Dwyane Wade has become somewhat of an expert in mastering migraines.
He knows the value of neck massages and icing. He understands the need to limit exposure to bright lights. And most of all, he is adept at bouncing back.
“There are different levels of migraines,” Wade said. “It’s not a good thing. It affects more than just your head. It affects your body, your energy, your eyes. It affects your attitude of course. It’s unfortunate. But I’ve learned how to manage.”
Wade got up shots Thursday and, as of now, the plan is for him to play both ends of the Bulls’ back-to-back that begins with a Friday visit with the Pacers. Wade, who missed most of Wednesday’s fourth quarter with his second migraine this season, has played in five full back-to-backs and rested in the second game of two others.
“It’s something he has dealt with his whole career,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He has missed a couple of games (almost) every year because of it. Certain things may trigger it. Usually he says he wakes up with it if it does happen, like he did last week (in Charlotte).”
Wade played in that game after skipping the morning shootaround. He also didn’t rule out returning if Wednesday’s game had needed overtime, although that seemed unlikely given the vision issues Wade experienced with this one.
“It’s something that will pop up a few more times this year,” Hoiberg said. “Deal with it the best way you can.”
Making it count: Michael Carter-Williams is 1-for-11 in his first two games back from injury. His lone basket, a driving layup, tied Wednesday’s game 97-97 with 82 seconds left.
“Clearly I’m still trying to get in a rhythm, so trying to score is a big thing,” Carter-Williams said. “If it’s a close game down the stretch, I might think about trying to make a play for somebody else until I get my rhythm back. But I’m still going to be aggressive.”
Hoiberg has used Carter-Williams extensively in the fourth quarter of both games since his return. Carter-Williams grimaced at one point during Wednesday’s victory but said the left wrist he sprained and had a bone chip in is fine, though he will continue wearing his brace.
“Sometimes when I’m pushing up against somebody, I feel it a little bit, which is only natural. My doctor said that’s going to happen,” Carter-Williams said. “The brace is kind of precautionary. It helps me out so my wrist doesn’t bend too far back.”
Rotation roulette: The Bulls waived R.J. Hunter, dropping their roster to 14. Hunter’s minimum contract would have become fully guaranteed Jan. 10.
Historically, the Bulls often have carried 13 or 14 players for cost-saving purposes and the flexibility to take back more players than sending out in their rare in-season trades.
With the roster fully healthy, Hoiberg looks likely to use a nine-man rotation, with situational spot minutes for Jerian Grant as a 10th player.
“He was phenomenal against Indiana, made big plays for us,” Hoiberg said of Grant. “(With) Michael back, we do feel like we have another guy on the perimeter who can give Jimmy (Butler) a blow on (guarding) the other team’s best player.”