‣ Tyrese Haliburton, a star player for the Indiana Pacers, has expressed his team’s eagerness to stay in the spotlight as they prepare for the In-Season Tournament’s semifinals in Las Vegas.
‣ Haliburton has suggested changes for the tournament’s format in its second edition, including playing more games and avoiding confusing tiebreaker scenarios.
‣ Despite the excitement around the tournament, Haliburton acknowledged that more established players, such as LeBron James, might not share his enthusiasm for the competition.
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Tyrese Haliburton, the Indiana Pacers’ star, recently confessed that his team is “starving for the limelight.” They’re on the cusp of the In-Season Tournament’s semifinals in Las Vegas. Haliburton’s performance in the five games has been nothing short of breathtaking. He’s eager to keep the ball rolling, especially with an upcoming game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.
At a recent practice in Nevada, Haliburton got up close and personal with the NBA Cup. He even dared to touch it. He then faced the press, discussing his campaign’s historic start. One hot topic was whether the league’s new tournament should undergo any format changes in its second edition.
After a stunning victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday, Haliburton admitted to having trouble sleeping. The excitement around his team was palpable. It was one of Indiana’s most significant nights in their history.
Haliburton’s stats in the In-Season Tournament are impressive. He’s been averaging 28 points per game, 13.4 assists, and 5.2 rebounds. His field goal percentage is 50.5%, and his three-point percentage is 46.4%.
“Playing on national TV is cool,” Haliburton confessed. “You want to keep doing it, and you’ve got to win to do that.” He’s now focusing on the upcoming game against one of the main title contenders for this 2023/24 NBA campaign. He’s out for revenge after a tight 126-124 loss to Milwaukee last month.
“The better we play, the more love we’re gonna get,” the 23-year-old shared. He also cautioned that this could be a “poison” and that they need to take it in stride. When it comes to the In-Season Tournament, Haliburton had some suggestions for improvements. He was particularly vocal about wanting to “avoid the tiebreaker mess” that left fans and athletes alike confused.
“I’m curious to see what changes next year,” he admitted. He suggested playing more games, perhaps outside of their group or in the other conference. This could create different scenarios with tiebreakers and make more sense.
However, he understands that not everyone may agree with him, especially seasoned players like four-time champion LeBron James. “I think at this point in my career, because I haven’t done anything yet, I’ll take a banner, but certainly Bron would not answer the same way,” he said.
When Willie Green, the New Orleans coach, was asked about the same possibility, he was all for it. “Absolutely,” he responded with pride. Perhaps the enthusiasm from both the Pelicans and Pacers stems from the fact that neither franchise has ever won an NBA title. They are now on the brink of making history in this In-Season Tournament.