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Tyrese Haliburton of the Pacers will miss Game 3

About 90 minutes before tipoff, coach Rick Carlisle announced that star Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers would miss Saturday night’s Eastern Conference finals Game 3 at Indianapolis against the Boston Celtics. After sustaining a hamstring injury in Thursday’s Game 2 in Boston, Haliburton—who was selected to the All-NBA team this week—left the game in the third quarter.

“He is incredibly eager to play, fervently wanting to play,” Carlisle stated prior to kickoff. However, earlier in the day, the choice about tonight was taken away from him. Tonight was decided to be out of the question. He’s feeling better, and on Monday, we’ll check in with him.” With Haliburton gone, T.J. McConnell will take over as Indiana’s primary distributor. Carlisle described McConnell as a competitor who exudes immense confidence. “He will always act as though he hasn’t shown anything yet. He has been a huge help to us this entire year. He will never give up and will fight till the very end. It’s what sets him apart.

On the injury report on Saturday afternoon, guard Jrue Holiday (sickness) was labeled as questionable for the Celtics, who lead the series 2-0. In addition to scoring 20.1 points per game, Haliburton led the NBA in assists (10.9 per game), helping the Pacers overcome early doubters to go 47-35 in the regular season. After winning their first two postseason games against the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks, the Pacers fell behind Boston 0–2.

During Indiana’s 15 postseason games, Haliburton has averaged 34.8 minutes of play, scoring 18.7 points per game and leading the team in assists (8.2 per game). -Media at the Field Level

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