Pacers Legend Uses Fired ESPN Announcer’s Iconic Line to Laud Tyrese Haliburton After Semifinal Heroics

Published 12/07/2023, 8:10 PM EST

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The allure of the In-Season Tournament lies not only in the Cinderella story unfolding for teams like Indiana but also in the promise of national recognition as they ardently pursue the championship. The journey for the Indiana Pacers is more than the on-field battles. It’s about how players can step up when their team needs them the most. And for the Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton has certainly stepped up.

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His semi-final heroics even had former Pacers legend Reggie Miller in awe, and he praised the PG while announcing the game.

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Tyrese Haliburton became the savior of the Indiana Pacers in a thrilling semifinal contest against the Milwaukee Bucks. Haliburton scored 27 points and had 15 assists giving the Pacers a final score of 128-119 and a spot in the next round.

Despite the thrilling plays and three-point shots, it was former Pacers legend Reggie Miller who articulated the essence of Haliburton’s splendor. In a second reminiscent of Mark Jackson’s trademark commentating style, he shouted, “Mama, there goes that man!” 

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A line once used by Mark Jackson to describe LeBron James, Miller’s usage of this phrase not only praises Haliburton but also reiterates how dominant he has been in this tournament.

Haliburton once again displayed his talent, as he registered 27 points and 15 assists with 0 turnovers. Haliburton was so strategic in his moves that he found his scoring points while the Milwaukee Bucks were trying to get themselves ready and preparing for the upcoming matchup.

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During this fourth quarter, Indiana remained calm and steady as the game developed. The Pacers continued with their offensive surge, which proved too much for the Bucks to handle as they struggled to stop them and fell further behind in the thrilling game.

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In the last minutes, the Pacers became more hungry. They made critical plays of high intensity, and their energy proved too much for the Bucks to handle. Haliburton closed the game with a three-pointer that he celebrated by pointing to his wrist, in an emulation of Damian Lillard’s “Dame Time” celebration. However, the Pacers, who excel at the free-throw game, managed to win a convincing 128-119.
This victory made them the first team to ever make the In-Season Tournament final and raised the prospect of celebrating the In-Season Tournament with a title. Do you think Indiana can win the NBA Cup? Or will they lose pace just as they get to the final?

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