Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton leaves Game 2 due to left hamstring injury

Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton leaves Game 2 due to left hamstring injury

BOSTON — Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton left in the third quarter of Thursday’s 126-110 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals and did not return due to soreness. in the left hamstring.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Haliburton aggravated an injury he suffered earlier in the season and the team would know more about his status on Friday. Indiana trails 2-0 in the series, with Game 3 on Saturday in Indianapolis.

“I was sore at halftime,” Carlisle said after the game. “He was working the entire halftime. He came out and tried and gave every effort he could. I haven’t talked to him directly about it, so I can’t read minds, but it was like that. It wasn’t going well. The coaches determined that “They had to take him back to work and then they discarded him.”

Haliburton missed 10 games with a left hamstring strain he suffered on Jan. 8 against the Celtics when he slipped and fell and had to be helped off the court. The Pacers went 6-4 during that stretch.

“That’s a time for everyone in this group to step up and take on a bigger role,” Pacers guard TJ McConnell said of the prospect of playing without Haliburton. “We’ve done a good job when he’s been out. It hurts when he goes down, but it’s one of those things where it’s the ‘next man up’ mentality. Obviously, we’ll see. We haven’t heard anything.” still, but the guys will have to step up and be ready.

Haliburton, who was named to the All-NBA Third Team this week, was removed from the game with 3:44 left in the third quarter and returned to the locker room with Indiana trailing by 11. The Pacers announced during the fourth quarter. that Haliburton would not return.

After recording 25 points and 10 assists in Game 1, Haliburton finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-6 from 3-point range) and 8 assists. The Pacers outscored the Celtics by one point with Haliburton on the court in Game 2, but were outscored by 17 when he was gone.

“He does a lot of things for our team,” McConnell said. “I think everyone has to move the ball more and get into the paint more. The ball movement just has to be on another level. He gets 10 assists in his sleep, so it’s hard for anyone else on our team to replicate that. It’s a group effort when he goes down to catch the ball and put it in motion.