On December 13, Tyrese Haliburton, author of a superb season, had his worst game since the start of this exercise. During the Indiana Pacers’ defeat against the Miami Heat (82-87), the point guard scored 1 point at 0/9 on shots.
A notable underperformance for the young talent of 22 years, rather regular in his excellence in recent weeks. Had the Floridians found the key to contain it? With that question in mind, Haliburton showed up on the Heat’s road again last night.
And this time, the ex-Sacramento Kings prodigy clearly had a score to settle.
Tyrese Haliburton superstar !
The result ? A great victory snatched by the Pacers (111-108). And yet, the Heat executives generally had a good game. But opposite, there was a man clearly on a mission: Haliburton.
Author of 43 points, the native of Oshkosh has simply achieved his career best. His statistics: 14/20 on shots, 10 out of 16 at long distance (franchise record), but also 7 assists.
And of course, to top it all off, Haliburton scored the winning basket. At 108-108, he scored an award-winning basket to give his team the advantage 2 seconds from the end. Unable to respond in stride, the Heat had to bow to their revenge.
“I had that in mind when approaching this meeting. I knew that I had to respond in the right way if I wanted to live up to the player I think I am and that others also think I am.
The coaches drew a good play and trusted me to score this shot. It’s my job, to help the team win games. It’s just great to share such moments with my partners.” savored Tyrese Haliburton in front of the media.
A great response from him. Muzzled in the previous match between the two teams, this time it was untenable. Until the end, he made men live in hell.‘Erik Spoelstra. The pride and above all the response of a true champion.
A Powerful All-Star
With this level of play and this consistency, Haliburton is no longer a surprise. Nor a young hope with potential. No, he carries the Pacers on his shoulders and makes this team competitive.
Expected in the bottom of the classification in the East to play the “tanking” pour Victor Wembanyama, Indiana is in 8th place and can dream of the Playoffs. Of course, everything risks depending on the direction chosen by the leaders, especially with Myles Turner et Buddy Hield.
But with Haliburton, the Pacers have a franchise player to build around him. A potential All-Star. As of this season? He clearly deserves this award. For his services, his development and also his leadership.
“Great players always find a way to land a decisive shot. He made this move which created space and therefore allowed him to put his feet up. I was standing right behind him and he looked good to me all throughout,” noted his coach. Rick Carlisle.
In the East as in the West, the competition promises to be crazy for the ASG. Despite his outbreak, Tyrese Haliburton is not expected to be among the starters. On the other hand, the coaches should reward him with a selection. Probably a well-deserved first.
For a player who probably isn’t done doing big damage in the NBA.