3 Positives, 3 negatives from Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton’s FIBA World Cup: Negative – Shot selection
While Tyrese Haliburton is a great shooter most of the time, other times, his shooting is what took himself, or even the whole team, out of a game.
For example, in the aforementioned Canada game, while Haliburton managed to tie the game up and keep Team USA in contention, he almost shot them out of the game with a couple of ill-advised misses from deep at the end of regulation.
These included a miss with a minute left from about eight feet behind the line, which led to a chain of events that almost saw Team USA lose in regulation. Luckily, Mikal Bridges saved them with a miracle shot.
In addition to almost shooting his team out of games, Haliburton also had some rough shooting nights from the floor. Most notably, he struggled in the final two games, both losses, against Germany and Canada.
In the loss to Germany, Haliburton shot 2-for-7 (1-for-5 3PT) from the field and only scored seven points, and in the loss to Canada, he shot an even worse 2-for-8 (2-for-6 3PT) from the field and only had six points.
Through the two games, he shot a combined total of 4-for-15 (3-for-11 3PT) from the field in the final two FIBA games, equating to a field goal average of 26.6% (27.3 3PT%), a far cry from his NBA regular season averages.
Could this be due to fatigue and mailing it in for his final performances? Who knows. But the point still stands that Tyrese Haliburton did not shoot very well in Team USA’s final two games.