After taking home four wins in five games and snapping the Philadelphia 76ers’ eight-game win streak, the Indiana Pacers walked into their Sunday night matchup against the Orlando Magic with high hopes.
Unfortunately, those hopes were quickly squashed as the red-hot Magic blitzed the Pacers from the jump. They led by 23 in the first quarter, their lead peaked at 40 in the third, and they finished with a 128-116 victory over Indiana.
With how bad the game was, instead of two studs and one dud, we’ll be hitting the reverse button: Two duds and one stud. Let’s take a look.
Dud - Tyrese Haliburton
BREAKING NEWS: Tyrese Haliburton is human. The Pacers All-Star has been having an incredible season, but against the Magic, he struggled mightily.
Indiana’s point guard failed to deliver his usual awe-inspiring performance. He was rough in terms of his scoring and playmaking abilities, leaving a lot to be desired against Orlando.
Haliburton ended the game with 12 points, two rebounds, and three assists while shooting 4-of-14 from the floor and 1-of-3 from behind the three-point line. To make matters worse, he was a team-worst -30 on the night.
That said, those freaking out on social media about Haliburton’s performance have been overreacting. One bad game doesn’t mean he’s a bad player. It just means he’s not above a bump in the road. Expect Haliburton to bounce back in a big way sooner rather than later.