Tyrese Haliburton's struggles are officially concerning for the Indiana Pacers

Ever since his hamstring injury, Tyrese Haliburton hasn't been the same player. His struggles have now reached a concerning level.
Mar 3, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) shoots over San
Mar 3, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) shoots over San / Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since the trade was made to bring him to Indy, Tyrese Haliburton has been the face of the Indiana Pacers. He's an extremely talented guard with skills that anyone would covet. His passing skills are unmatched. His shooting, while unorthodox, is extraordinarily effective. Not only are his skills enviable on the court, but he wants to be an ambassador for Indiana.

Haliburton's rise during the In-Season Tournament run was unexpected by most of the country, but not to Pacers fans. They know how good Haliburton is. He got to show everyone else around the NBA that he is an All-NBA talent. All of this is what makes his recent struggles so concerning.

Haliburton got injured on January 8th against the Celtics. He fully came back from his injury against Boston on January 30th. After that, he was on a minutes restriction and slowly brought back to his full, normal time on the court. Yet, he hasn't had the same effectiveness.

Tyrese Haliburton's poor three-point shooting a problem for the Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have played in six games since the All-Star break. In those six games, Haliburton has gone a disappointing 9/42 from three. That's just 21%. That includes going 0/13 in the last two losses to the Pelicans and the Spurs. Before his injury, he was over 40% from deep.

If Haliburton can't make threes, this team is a much different squad. He has already been reluctant to drive to the hoop since his injury. If he can't shoot from outside, teams will take away his passing. In fact, that has been the game plan for teams since the All-Star break. It's working.

Haliburton has been held under double-digit assists in three of the last four games, all of them losses. That's not a coincidence. Teams are figuring out that if he can't get others involved, he's not as effective right now. Haliburton has to shake this shooting slump for the Pacers to win.

This isn't the best time for Haliburton to go through a shooting slump. Buddy Hield is in Philly now. Aaron Nesmith just came back from injury himself. Doug McDermott is now hurt. A team that hasn't lacked for shooting all year long suddenly doesn't look the same from deep range.

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Indiana has to have their best player playing his best. Let's hope he can shake whatever is happening with his shot right now.