Pacers’ Haliburton to return from injury vs. Celtics

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) yells after a play against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a semifinal in the NBA basketball In-Season Tournament, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, in Las Vegas. (Ian Maule/AP)

The Indiana Pacers will get their All-Star starter back in prime time.

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton is officially active and will play against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old had missed 10 of the past 11 games with a hamstring injury, and five straight prior to Tuesday. His return will be just the second game played with forward Pascal Siakam, who was acquired from Toronto earlier in the month. He may not play the entire game, as coach Rick Carlisle told Indiana radio 107.5 The Fan that Haliburton “will be brought along somewhat gradually.”

The now two-time NBA All-Star has career-highs across the board in his stats this season, averaging 23.6 points, 12.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game on nearly 50 per cent from the field, and 40 per cent from three.

Elsewhere, centres Myles Turner and Jalen Smith, who were both listed as questionable with back injuries, will play as well. However, guard Bennedict Mathurin will be out with a toe injury, and guard T.J. McConnell will miss his second-straight game with an illness.

On the other side, the Boston Celtics had three centres on the injury report heading into the prime time tilt with the Pacers. Al Horford and Luke Kornet are officially out, but Kristaps Porzingis, who had missed two-straight with an ankle injury, is active.

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