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Tyrese Haliburton to be sidelined for at least two weeks; here's the latest
Haliburton suffered injuries to his left knee and left elbow on one play against the Knicks on Wednesday.
The Pacers will be without point guard Tyrese Haliburton for at least two weeks after he was diagnosed with a mild left knee bone contusion and a left elbow sprain, the team announced on Thursday.
They are also awaiting a second opinion from his MRI scan taken earlier Thursday.
We will learn more in the next few days and Haliburton will be re-evaluated in two weeks. This will keep him out for at least eight games, including a four-game road trip.
Haliburton, who hates missing games, only sat out two of their first 42 games due to a sore left groin.
The injury occurred late in the third quarter of the Pacers’ loss Wednesday night at New York. Attacking from the right wing, Haliburton went up and split defenders Quentin Grimes and Isaiah Hartenstein. He lost his right Nike shoe and his left knee sharply jerked out and then back toward him.
Haliburton then reached down to his left knee with both hands. He was in obvious pain as he got up, with his right shoe in hand, and limped his way to the bench — and went directly to the locker room with assistant athletic trainer Patrick Gilbert following.
“He’ll get checked out (Thursday) and we hope it’s not serious,” head coach Rick Carlisle said after the game.
“One of the great things about Tyrese is that he’s been banged up a lot in the last year and a half since he’s been with us, and he always wants to play. It’s something that’s really helped our culture as a team. We hope for the best and we’re certainly not going to put him in harm’s way.”
Haliburton exited Madison Square Garden on a crutch. The Pacers did not practice on Thursday.
The team returned to Indianapolis after the game and has back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.
“We’ll see what’s what come Friday,” Carlisle added. “Walking out of Madison Square Garden on crutches, so I would guess his availability for Friday would be in question — and probably Saturday too. But who knows.”
Haliburton suffered a hyperextension and bone bruise to that same left knee on May 2, 2021. He then missed the final eight games of his rookie season, including a visit to Indianapolis on May 5.
He later discussed the injury with JJ Redick on “The Old Man & The Three” podcast, for which he’s a regular correspondent. He said the following on an episode that published five weeks after the injury.
“I’m 100% right now, I feel perfectly fine. I think, more than anything, it was a scare for me. I just kinda felt that in my knee and it was just an action your knee is not supposed to do, so immediately I was very worried. I think I was just scared more than anything. We just came out with the bone bruise and hyperextension so I am very lucky for how I feel.”
On Wednesday, the Pacers were down by 15 when Haliburton (15 points, 7 assists) was taken out of the game with 2:32 left in the third quarter. They outscored the Knicks by 15 points in the second half, including by nine points after Haliburton was ruled out for the game.
They got to within three points, but it was too little too late. And the Knicks beat the Pacers for the second time this season, 119-113.
Haliburton is averaging 20.2 points, 10.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 40% from range.