Pacers “MVP” Tyrese Haliburton Reveals Major Health Struggle During In-Season Tournament Clash vs Celtics

Published 12/04/2023, 11:25 PM EST

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The Indiana Pacers created NBA history, becoming the first-ever franchise to reach the In-season Tournament semi finals. They went up against the Boston Celtics in a packed home court. Tyrese Haliburton, who has had an amazing season so far, didn’t disappoint the fans with his crucial performance. While the fans could only witness the 23-year-old star’s domination on the court, they couldn’t see the star’s medical emergency inside the locker room during the break.

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In the two years, the Pacers have pretty much relied on the youngster to bank them in the glory, the trophy. The management even went up a notch, signing him a 5-year max extension for a whooping $205 million in the 2023 off-season. In fact, he has lived up to the team’s expectations, carrying the team on his shoulders. In response, fans are right behind him, wanting to witness more.

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Tyrese Haliburton had an unstoppable run during the Monday night game, dropping 26 points with 13 assists. He was also supported by his teammates. Notably, seven Pacers players scored in double digits to restrict the Celtics to a 122-112 win. The game was entirely controlled by the Celts, as they had a comfortable lead heading into the locker room for the first half break.

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However, in the second half, the Pacers turned on all cylinders, dropping 37 points each in the third and fourth quarters. Meanwhile, they also restricted the Celtics’ offense, as they only scored 23 points in the third quarter, leaving the Pacers a chance at the game. Subsequently, the team held on to the opportunity and sealed the game. Thanks to Tyrese Haliburton, who dropped 19 points in the 2nd half, which included four 3-pointers.

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Following the game, the star opened up about his major health struggle in the post-game interview. He said, “I was doing an awful job in the first half. I was getting attacked. Couldn’t breathe, had to hit inhaler at half time.”

The Pacers walked into the locker room after the first half with a 7-point deficit. While it looked like an easy Celtics game, Haliburton came out and dropped his first-ever triple-double.

Moreover, during his post-game interview, fans resonated with his performance and gave a loud “MVP” cheer to the star.

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While it sure is special for the Pacers’ fans to witness the team’s feat, let’s hear it from the man himself.

Haliburton opens up after the game

Following the historic win, Haliburton was immediately caught for the post-game interview. During the interview, he admitted that this game was the most important game of his career and added, Atmosphere was crazy, fans were amazing, I love this.”

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Apart from that, the star’s parents jumped in with overflowing love, recreating the star’s first-ever triple-double. Next up, the star could face either the New York Knicks or the Milwaukee Bucks in the semi-finals. 

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What do you make of Tyrese Haliburton’s contribution to the Pacers’ road to the semi-finals? Let us know in the comments below.

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