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Tyrese Haliburton available Saturday vs. Magic with ankle injury

The Pacers guard left in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter Friday with the injury.

Indiana Pacers v Houston Rockets
Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball during the game against the Houston Rockets on November 18, 2022 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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Saturday update: Haliburton is in for the Pacers, though he might have a minutes limit to avoid aggravating his ankle injury.

Saturday update: Haliburton is officially questionable for the contest against the Magic, but the Pacers might be inclined to hold him out on the second game of a back-to-back set.

Update: It’s officially an ankle injury for Haliburton. The point guard said he felt fine after the game, so we’ll see if he plays Saturday against the Magic.

The Indiana Pacers saw star point guard Tyrese Haliburton go to the locker room late in Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets. The injury is unknown at this time.

The Pacers are going to win this game, so there is no immediate issue for Indiana. However, Haliburton’s health will be key for this team to evaluate him as a potential franchise player. The point guard was the prized return in the Domantas Sabonis trade and has been living up to his billing, averaging 20.6 points, 10.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. He had 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds prior to exiting Friday’s contest.

If Haliburton misses extended time, it would likely lead to more playing time for Bennedict Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard. Mathurin is primarily in an off-ball role, but the Pacers wouldn’t mind seeing if he can be a playmaker. Indiana has no aspirations of winning anything big, so this season is mainly about evaluation.