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Published Time: 24.05.2024 - 17:04:50 Modified Time: 24.05.2024 - 17:04:50

Tyrese Haliburton

The Indiana Pacers suffered a potentially devastating blow to their championship hopes on Thursday night, as star guard Tyrese Haliburton left with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter because of a sore left hamstring and did not return.

The Boston Celtics went on to win 126-110 in Game 2 and took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. The series shifts to Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, and although Haliburton’s status remains in the air, his teammates must be prepared to step up in his absence.

“He was sore at halftime,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “He was getting work done for the entirety of halftime. He came out, gave it a shot and all the effort that he could. I haven’t talked it directly to him, so I can’t read minds, but it wasn’t going well. The trainers determined he had to be brought to the back to be worked on, and then he was ruled out.”

Haliburton’s importance to this Pacers team cannot be overstated. He averaged 21.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists in the team’s second-round series against the Knicks and logged 25 points and 10 assists on Tuesday in Game 1.