Indiana Pacers star point man Tyrese Haliburton was absent on his team’s Thursday 139-123 win against the Milwaukee Bucks, and will at least three more games due to an ankle injury, head coach Rick Carlisle announced.
“Tyrese’s ankle, it’s gonna be a while,” Carlisle said, via Indianapolis Star’s Dustin Dopirak. “Not gonna give a timetable, but he will definitely not play any of the next three games, I’m certain of that.”
Carlisle further noted that Haliburton sustained his injury in the team’s practice.
In his first full year as a Pacer, Haliburton seized his opportunity to become the franchise’s centerpiece. He is leading the team in points (20.8) and assists (10.4) and went on to become an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career.
Haliburton’s absence will only mean that either Andrew Nembhard or T.J. McConnell will see themselves starting again for Indiana.
As such, it would be arduous for the young Pacers team to keep their fight alive for a potential Play-in spot, sitting at 11th place with a 32-38 record.