Haliburton’s injury likely ends his 2020-21 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Sacramento Kings have likely lost point guard Tyrese Haliburton for the rest of the season. There are only a few games left before the Kings season comes to an end.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Haliburton did not suffer any ligament damage. He also does not need surgery at this time with his left knee injury.

Sacramento Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton attempts a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks
Tyrese Haliburton attempts a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks (Photo by Tyrese Haliburton/Instagram)

However, his knee is hyperextended. He was injured as he was dribbling the ball up the court on Sunday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

Near half course, Haliburton stepped on Josh Richardson’s foot, then the hyperextension took place. He needed help to get off the court following the injury.

With six games left, the Kings are a longshot to make the play-in tournament, featuring the 7th through 10th teams in the standings. The Kings are better suited to sit their rookie and hope for better things from him for next season.

The team is also without De’Aaron Fox for the time being due to health and safety protocols. Delon Wright will fill in for Haliburton through the final games of the season.

The 21-year-old Wisconsin native has made 58 appearances, including 20 starts this season. He averaged 13 points per game.

Haliburton also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game.

Before this injury, Haliburton was one of three favorites to win the 2020-2021 NBA Rookie of the Year. Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards and Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball are the other two favorites.

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