Three most important players for the Indiana Pacers for their end of season run

As the playoffs get closer, these three players will be the most important for the Indiana Pacers.
Apr 7, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;  Indiana Pacers forward Obi Toppin (1) and Indiana Pacers
Apr 7, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Obi Toppin (1) and Indiana Pacers / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Tyrese Haliburton

Tyrese Haliburton is finally back. He has broken out of his shooting slump and is 99% back to the point that he was before he hurt his hamstring. He's coming off a 30-point effort against the Raptors that saw him go 10/16 from the field. His shooting numbers are a lot better in recent games too.

Over the last ten games, Haliburton is shooting 47.6% from the field and 36.7% from three. Those numbers aren't quite at what they were when he was at his peak, but they are close. Haliburton needs to get to over 40% from three to truly be the dangerous weapon he was when the Pacers made the In-Season Tournament Finals.

Even when his shooting was still struggling, his passing never fell off. He leads the league in assists and always puts his teammates in a position to succeed. In the last ten games, he's averaging 10.9 assists. What made him special earlier in the year was he was also taking care of the ball.

Turnovers aren't an issue for Haliburton either. He is averaging just 1.4 assists per game, which is phenomenal for how many assists he's able to dish out. Teams were starting to just take away his passing while he was struggling with his three-point shot. That has stopped now.

Having Haliburton hit threes to get teams out of zone defenses is going to be key for the Pacers. They have struggled at times to deal with zone and they have seen it more and more because of that. The best way to get teams to stop playing it is to knock down threes. Haliburton has to be willing to do that.

The final player on this list is the engine of the bench unit.