Haliburton Struggles to Walk After Physical Game 3

Pacers rally late to secure crucial playoff victory.

by Nouman Rasool
Haliburton Struggles to Walk After Physical Game 3
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In a pivotal Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton epitomized resilience and tenacity despite suffering from multiple injuries that hampered his mobility postgame. The Pacers secured a narrow 111-106 victory against the New York Knicks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, preventing a daunting 3-0 series deficit.

After the game, Haliburton, supported by a railing, struggled to walk up and down the stairs during his press conference. This physical strain was evident throughout the game, especially in the latter stages when the point guard landed awkwardly on his tailbone following a contested floater attempt against Knicks guard Miles McBride.

Adding to his woes, Haliburton twisted his ankle after a critical steal as he dodged Knicks' Josh Hart on a fast break. Despite these setbacks, Haliburton managed to accumulate 35 points, although he didn’t score in the last seven minutes of play, missing three shots after his ankle injury.

His determination, however, shone through his statement to the media, "My overall body is hurting. But it's the playoffs, everyone's battling injuries. Thank God for a day off. I’m young and I’ll recover fast. I'll be ready for Sunday."

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The Pacers, who now trail the series 2-1, found their heroes in not just Haliburton but also in teammates like Andrew Nembhard, whose clutch three-pointer with 16.4 seconds left broke a late-game tie.

Aaron Nesmith’s two free throws finally sealed the deal, providing the Pacers with a much-needed win. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle expressed optimism regarding Haliburton’s condition and his availability for Game 4 scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

"He’s a tough player; we’re hopeful he’ll be on the court come Sunday," Carlisle stated, underlining the resilience that has typified his team this series. This hard-fought win was a testament to the gritty performances by players on both sides, with the Knicks' Jalen Brunson, nursing a right foot injury himself, scoring 26 points to lead his team.

As the series progresses, the physical toll on key players like Haliburton becomes a crucial storyline. The Pacers, invigorated by their latest victory, look to even the series in the upcoming matchup, hoping their young star guard can once again lead the charge, injuries notwithstanding.