Tyrese Haliburton exits Game 2 with hamstring issue

Tyrese Haliburton is dealing with left hamstring soreness after leaving the game in the third quarter of the Pacers’ 126-110 loss to the Celtics on Thursday night in Boston.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle told reporters after the loss that the team would know more about the matter on Friday. ESPN reported.

“We’ll know more tomorrow and probably more on Saturday,” Carlisle said, according to the Associated Press.

Tyrese Haliburton stumbled on a play that appeared to lead to a strained left hamstring during the Pacers’ 126-110 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. @ClutchPoint

Haliburton left the game with 3:44 left in the third quarter and headed to the Pacers’ locker room.

The Pacers star did not speak to reporters after the game but was seen limping out of the arena.

Haliburton strained his hamstring while guarding Jayson Tatum and stepping off his left foot appeared to cause problems.

He grimaced and nearly tripped at one point while moving sideways.

The team announced some time after his departure that he would not be returning to play.

After the game, Carlisle said the hamstring injury was the same one Haliburton suffered against the Celtics on Jan. 8.

He missed 10 of the next 11 games.

“It hurts. It hurts. I don’t know any details other than it hurts,” Carlisle said, according to the Associated Press.

Haliburton played 28 minutes on the court and finished with 10 points on 4-of-10 field goal attempts.

Haliburton has been a key contributor to the Pacers’ playoff success this season, and coming into Thursday night’s game he was averaging 19.3 points and shooting 48.8 percent from the field in 14 playoff games this year.

He had 25 points and 10 assists in the series opener.

Haliburton earlier this season fell during a game on Jan. 8 with a fractured left hamstring and then missed 10 games.

Tyrese Haliburton (0) reacts during the first half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2024 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
Tyrese Haliburton reacted in frustration during the second quarter of the Pacers’ Game 2 loss. David Butler II – USA TODAY Sports

Haliburton’s absence will be a blow to the Pacers, who are already down 2-0 to the Celtics after the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics and the game’s scoring leader with 40 points in Game 2 on Thursday night, with 24 of those coming in the first half.

Brown made 14 of 27 field goals and 4 of 10 3-pointers.