VIDEO: Kings’ Tyrese Haliburton helped off floor with scary left leg injury
Look away, Sacramento fans. The Sacramento Kings’ prized rookie Tyrese Haliburton just got hurt on a routine play bringing down the ball. The crafty guard was evading a Dallas Mavericks defender, which resulted in an awkward step that seemed to hyperextend his knee.
Check the clip for a closer look:
Tyrese Haliburton went down awkwardly after bringing the ball up the court pic.twitter.com/EzwYvBfHpz
— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) May 3, 2021
The good news is that there’s apparently optimism that the injury isn’t as severe as it might seem, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
MRI set for Monday morning on the left knee of Sacramento’s outstanding rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton, but there’s initial optimism he may have avoided a serious injury, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/qJDqEahPr5
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 3, 2021
Tyrese Haliburton, a candidate to win the 2020-21 Rookie of the Year award, is averaging 13.0 points, 3.o rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this season. Since De’Aaron Fox went out, he has stepped up for the Kings as they won four out of their last six games prior to Sunday’s outing. Haliburton was huge in their wins versus the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers over the past week.
Before leaving the game versus the Mavs, the rookie has already racked up 11 points, five assists and two rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Aside from his ability to score, Haliburton can handle the ball well and find ways to score in the clutch. He’s a threat on the offensive end since he can knock down 3-pointers and drive in to score. Hopefully this injury doesn’t keep Haliburton out for a while.
The Kings have eight games left after Sunday’s match versus the Mavs. If ever the rookie did hyperextend his knee, chances are he’ll be out for the season. But hopefully this isn’t the case for the young player who has a bright future ahead.