Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton drops Knicks with knee injury

NEW YORK — Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton left Madison Square Garden on crutches after injuring his left knee in the New York Knicks’ 119-113 win on Wednesday night.

“He will be looked into closely tomorrow,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said, adding that while he hoped it was nothing serious, he assumed Haliburton probably wouldn’t play Friday or Saturday at home against the Atlanta Hawks or Memphis Grizzlies. .

“He’s coming out of Madison Square Garden on crutches, so I guess his availability Friday will be in question, and probably Saturday as well,” Carlisle said. “But who knows.

“One of the great things about Tyrese is that he’s hurt himself in the last year and a half that he’s been with us and he still wants to play. He still wants to play, and that’s something that has really helped our culture as a team, so we’re hoping for the best. Surely we’re not going to jeopardize it.”

Haliburton had a star-level season for the Pacers in his first full year at Indiana. The 6-foot-5 guard had 15 points and seven assists Wednesday night before leaving the game after an awkward fall on a drive late in the third quarter.

On the play in question, which happened with just over 2 minutes and 30 seconds left in the third, Haliburton lost his right shoe, but fell awkwardly and injured his left knee and elbow. on the game.

Indiana was already without starting center Myles Turner, after a case of back spasms flared up on him after Indiana’s pre-game meeting and just before the Pacers took the floor.

“We finished our team meeting and Myles had a spasm, back reaction. It tightened up quite significantly. The coaches worked on him for a while and then he was kicked out,” said said Carlisle.

The veteran coach then laughed off speculation on Turner’s late departure that a trade had been made with another team.

“He wasn’t traded,” Carlisle said with a smile. “Believe me, I have no interest in trading Myles Turner.”

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