Sacramento Kings rookie sensation Tyrese Haliburton's status for Monday's game against the Warriors is currently up in the air after suffering a bone bruise on Thursday, per the Athletic's Jason Jones.
While the lack of structural damage to his wrist will undoubtedly be seen as a positive for the freshman standout, he is expected to be reevaluated Tuesday at the earliest, when the team returns to Sacramento.
Kings announced guard Tyrese Haliburton underwent an MRI in Houston which confirmed a left wrist bone bruise sustained in Thursday’s loss at Houston. The team update his status when returns to Sacramento next week. Kings play Golden State on Monday.
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) January 2, 2021
Haliburton sustained the injury on an attempted dunk in transition against the Rockets. Met at the rim by Houston's John Wall–who was playing in his first game in over two years due to his own lingering injuries–the opposing guard bodied up the Kings star, who subsequently fell to the court in a violent fall.
Attended to by the team's medical staff while he was sprawled out under the basket, the rookie was eventually able to rise from the floor under his own power but was seen grasping his left wrist in pain, as he had used the arm to break his initial fall.
While it was not immediately clear how serious the injury was, Haliburton remained in the match and later hit a baseline three-pointer with under a minute remaining despite having the Rockets DeMarcus Cousins screaming in his ear.
Should Haliburton be forced to miss any substantial time, it would be a serious blow to the upstart Kings, who have quickly grown to rely on the guard. Though he only averages 10.6 points per game, Haliburton has played over 26 minutes per contest and shot an outstanding 50% from behind the arc as he has provided immediate dividends to Sacramento's offense.
One of the most exciting young players currently in the league, fans who love watching the rookie may end up missing him as much as the Kings themselves.