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Tyrese Haliburton's playoff slump: What's going on?

Published May 8, 2024 at 12:16

Oh, how the mighty have struggled! Indiana Pacers' All-Star Tyrese Haliburton, once a beacon of basketball brilliance, is now vowing a major comeback in Wednesday's Game 2 after a surprisingly lackluster start against the New York Knicks. The man only took six shots in Game 1, can you believe it? And only one of those ventured inside the arc, netting a mere six points as the Knicks clawed back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to snag a 121-117 victory.

Remember when Haliburton was zipping around the court earlier this season, lighting it up enough to flirt with an All-NBA First Team nod? Those days seem distant now, thanks to a pesky hamstring injury in January that benched him for 10 games. And just when you thought it couldn't get rougher, the guy's battling calf issues and back spasms that clearly cramped his style. He's moving like he's wading through mud, struggling to breeze past centers like Isaiah Hartenstein, which was never a problem before.

Yet, even a slowed-down Haliburton is no dead weight. His vision's intact, dishing out eight assists and firing off some snappy outlet passes in Game 1. He's still got that magic touch, but facing a solid Knicks squad, he needs more than tricks up his sleeve. He needs health, and he needs it fast. As much as we all want to see the dazzling Haliburton of old, these health woes might just be too steep a hill to climb for our Pacers star. Let's hope he can turn it around come Wednesday, because, man, we need that Haliburton magic!

Source ESPN: Pacers' Haliburton promises Game 2 bounce-back vs. Knicks
Source Sporting News: What's wrong with Tyrese Haliburton? Why Pacers guard doesn't look like All-Star self in 2024 NBA Playoffs

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Tyrese Haliburton's playoff slump: What's going on?

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