Haliburton registered 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt), five rebounds, nine assists and a steal across 31 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's loss against the Blazers. Haliburton came off the bench once again but scored in double digits for the eighth straight contest while also ending just one assist shy of what would've been his first double-double. The 17 points tied Haliburton's season-best output, and he has been a reliable scoring weapon off the bench for Sacramento of late. Since missing two games in early January, Haliburton is averaging 14.6 points per game while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 53.6 percent from three-point range over his last five games.
Haliburton put up 12 points (5-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight assists, two rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes Saturday in the Kings' 125-99 loss to the Trail Blazers. The rookie joined the Kings' top unit for the first time in his young career, working alongside point guard De'Aaron Fox as part of a smaller starting five with center Richaun Holmes (ankle) sitting out the second half of the back-to-back set. Holmes could rejoin the lineup Monday against the Pacers, but head coach Luke Walton didn't dismiss the possibility of Haliburton sticking in the starting five -- perhaps at the expense of Buddy Hield -- moving forward, according to James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area. Regardless of whether he starts or serves as the Kings' sixth man, Haliburton looks to be locked into a 30-minute role at this stage, making him worthy of a rostering in all 12-team leagues. Through his first eight games, Haliburton is averaging 12.1 points, 5.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 triples and 1.4 steals in 28.6 minutes, while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and 88.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Haliburton will start Saturday's game against Portland, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The 20-year-old was originally slated to come off the bench Saturday. but he'll receive the start with Richaun Holmes (ankle) a late scratch. Haliburton is expected to have his minutes monitored due to some recent bumps and bruises, so he may still play less than the 28.3 minutes he's averaging this season.
Haliburton is having his minutes monitored for Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Haliburton has bumps and bruises after a hard fall last week and the team is looking to keep his workload relatively low if possible on the second night of a back-to-back set. The rookie is putting together an excellent campaign, averaging 12.1 points, 5.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 28.3 minutes.
Haliburton registered 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-7 3Pt), two rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block across 29 minutes off the bench in Friday's loss against the Raptors. Haliburton finished as the Kings' third-highest scorer with his 15-point effort off the bench, but he also ended just two assists shy of what would've been the first double-double of his career. Haliburton has been impressive this season for the Kings, scoring in double digits in five straight games and in six of his first seven NBA games while also drilling 52.9 percent of his three-point attempts.
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