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Pacers All-Star Tyrese Haliburton sidelined for Game 4 against Celtics due to hamstring strain

Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton out with hamstring strain for Game 4 vs. Celtics. Can Indiana rally without him?

Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton will unfortunately be sitting out Game 4 against the Boston Celtics due to a hamstring strain. This news was confirmed by head coach Rick Carlisle in a pregame press conference.

This will be the second consecutive game that Haliburton will miss after sustaining the injury in Game 3 on Saturday. The Celtics were able to rally from an 18-point deficit in that game and now hold a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. A win on Monday night would secure their spot in the NBA Finals.

The absence of Haliburton presents a significant challenge for the Pacers, as no team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. Despite this daunting task, the Pacers will look to rally without their star player on the court.

Haliburton, a two-time All-Star, had a standout season at just 23 years old, earning his first All-NBA selection. He plays a crucial role in the Pacers' high-scoring offense, averaging 20.1 points, a league-leading 10.9 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game.

In Game 3, rookie Ben Sheppard stepped up in Haliburton's absence, helping the Pacers build a lead in the first half. Andrew Nembhard also had a standout performance, scoring 32 points and dishing out nine assists. However, Indiana struggled in the second half as the Celtics took control and secured the win.

To avoid being swept, the Pacers will need a strong performance throughout the entire game on Monday night. It will be a tough challenge without Haliburton on the court, but the team will look to come together and fight for a win.

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