During a recent appearance on JJ Redick's 'The Old Man & the Three' podcast, Haliburton indicated that he's fully recovered from the knee injury that cost him the final eight games of the season. "I'm 100 percent," Haliburton said. "I'm doing all of my workouts 100 percent right now. I feel perfectly fine. I think more than anything it was a scare."
Last month, it was reported that Haliburton did not expect to miss any time over the summer, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear it from the player himself. The Iowa State product had a fantastic rookie season, averaging 13.0 points, 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.1 threes across 57 games before sustaining the knee injury against Dallas on May 2. Haliburton finished the season with a 47-41-86 shooting line, and he'll head into 2021-22 as a player who will likely be a popular mid-round target in season-long fantasy formats.
Haliburton (knee) said Monday that he doesn't expect to miss any time during his offseason training program this summer, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "We feel like we dodged a bullet in a sense," Haliburton said, in reference to the left knee injury that sidelined him for the Kings' final eight games.
Haliburton's knee injury did little to ruin what was unquestionably a stellar rookie season for the No. 12 overall pick. He emerged as a starter in the backcourt for the Kings before his season came to an end May 2 in Dallas, where he sustained what appeared to be a serious injury. Fortunately, Haliburton's follow-up MRI cleared him of any ligament damage, and he sounds like he could soon be cleared to resume basketball activities following a two-week shutdown period. A healthy Haliburton should remain a cornerstone player for Sacramento heading into the 2021-22 season.
Haliburton underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed no ligament damage to his injured left knee, but he's likely to miss the remainder of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Haliburton will avoid surgery, but he won't be able to make a full recovery from the injury with just a week and a half left in the season. Assuming that's the case, Haliburton's rookie season should still be considered a resounding success. Despite being drafted 12th overall, he'll likely finish third in Rookie of the Year voting behind LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards. In 30.1 minutes per game, Haliburton averaged 13.0 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field, while also chipping in 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
Haliburton (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Thunder, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Haliburton underwent an MRI after suffering a knee injury Sunday, but the team has yet to receive the results. An update on the guard's status should arrive within the next few days. Delon Wright should receive an uptick in playing time until Haliburton is cleared to return.
Haliburton will not return to Sunday's game against the Mavericks after suffering a left knee injury.
Haliburton was bringing the ball up the court midway through the third quarter and appeared to stumble and land awkwardly on his left knee. The rookie was in obvious pain and had to be helped off the floor. The Kings have yet to provided a diagnosis, but at this point it's very possible Haliburton misses multiple games.
Haliburton tallied 23 points (8-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot over 39 minutes in a 110-106 win over the Lakers on Friday.
With LeBron James returning to action for the Lakers on Friday and De'Aaron Fox (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) remaining out, the matchup looked like a bit of a mismatch on paper, but Haliburton played a key role in helping Sacramento pull off the upset. The rookie led the Kings in scoring and finished with 10 dimes en route to his second double-double in his past four games. Over that stretch, Haliburton is averaging 18.5 points, 9.0 assists, 3.8 boards and 1.8 steals.
Haliburton posted 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt), eight assists and one steal in 30 minutes Wednesday in the Kings' 154-105 loss to the Jazz.
While starting the past three games at point guard in place of De'Aaron Fox (COVID-19 health and safety protocols), Haliburton has averaged 17.0 points, 8.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.7 three-pointers in 34.3 minutes per contest. Given that he's only converting at a 26.3 percent rate from downturn during that span -- a far cry from his 40.5 percent season-long rate -- Haliburton probably has more scoring upside than he's shown since re-entering the starting five. Fox is expected to miss at least two more games, so Haliburton should continue to deliver elevated production through the weekend.
Haliburton finished with 24 points (10-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 117-113 loss to the Warriors.
Haliburton moved up to the top unit for his first start since April 12 and certainly looked comfortable running the offense. The rookie could be in line for a strong finish to the season with De'Aaron Fox (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) likely to remain sidelined until at least next week. Haliburton likely won't be available in any 12-team leagues, but he'll be worth a pickup in shallower formats during the fantasy playoffs if he happens to be on the waiver wire.
Haliburton will start while De'Aaron Fox (COVID-19 protocols) is out, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
Haliburton will be the Kings' starting point guard while Fox is sidelined. Haliburton's play has tailed off lately, but he's generally played well as a starter. In his 15 starts, Haliburton has averaged 14.1 points, 5.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 31.9 minutes.
Haliburton finished with 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt), six assists, three rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes Wednesday in the Kings' 128-125 win over the Timberwolves.
Haliburton's numbers have been trending down since the Kings moved him out of the starting lineup earlier this month, but the rookie put an end to a string of poor performances with a strong outing in the second half of a back-to-back set. His excellent shooting to go with a high assist total offers hope that Haliburton may be able to earn more playing time in his final game of the week, a matchup Sunday with the Warriors. Haliburton has been held under 30 minutes in each of the last five contests after clearing that mark in all but one of his prior 12 appearances.
Haliburton closed with just three points (0-2 FG, 3-4 FT), two assists and one rebound in 16 minutes during Sunday's 121-107 victory over Dallas.
Haliburton was a disaster in the victory, dropping arguably his worst game of the season. The impressive rookie has certainly faded of late and despite the fact he is still a must-roster player, GMs should be lowering their expectations moving forward. He will obviously be better than this on most nights and the solid play of both Delon Wright and Terence Davis was a key factor in this one.
Haliburton will come off the bench Wednesday against Washington, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
The 21-year-old started Monday and totaled 12 points (5-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal in 31 minutes, but he'll move back to the bench with Buddy Hield (illness) returning from a one-game absence. Haliburton should still see plenty of playing time as Sacramento's sixth man.
Haliburton scored 12 points (5-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with six assists, one rebound and one steal across 31 minutes in Monday's loss to the Pelicans.
Haliburton re-entered the starting lineup in the absence of Buddy Hield (illness), though he maintained a typical workload. He also delivered a relatively standard line, though he is averaging 6.0 assists across his last eight contests -- a slight increase over his season-long line.
Haliburton will start in Monday's game against the Pelicans.
Haliburton has come off the bench for the last two games, but with Buddy Hield (illness) out, he's back in the starting lineup. Ultimately, Haliburton has been equally effective whether starting or coming off the bench. Over the last five games, he's averaged 10.4 points, 6.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 triple across 31.8 minutes per game.
Haliburton will come off the bench for Thursday's game against Detroit, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Haliburton will revert back to a bench role Thursday after he had started the last 12 games. Maurice Harkless will join the starting lineup, but Haliburton shouldn't see his role impacted too significantly despite the fact that he'll be coming off the bench.
Haliburton closed with 15 points (7-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt), 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes during Monday's 132-115 victory over the Spurs.
Haliburton struggled from beyond the perimeter but still managed to produce another excellent fantasy line. With LaMelo Ball (wrist) set to miss an extended period of time, Haliburton may still have a shot to win the Rookie of the Year title. This is good news for those invested in the youngster, especially if the Kings continue to roll him out there the rest of the way.
Haliburton notched 21 points (7-11 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and an assist across 34 minutes in Thursday's 141-119 win over the Warriors.
The rookie has successfully fought his way up the depth chart and now owns a starting role in the backcourt. The acquisitions of Terence Davis and Delon Wright present an interesting wrinkle for the first-round draft pick's future production, however. At first glance, the trade is a bit of a head-scratcher, considering De'Aaron Fox's stranglehold on the starting gig at point guard. While Davis is a likely backup to Fox in place of Cory Joseph, Wright lit up the board in Detroit and is a threat to Haliburton's value. The new additions to the depth chart are worth monitoring for Haliburton managers.
Haliburton collected 17 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block in a 110-108 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday.
Haliburton followed up a season-high 28 point outing with a strong all-around performance in a close win. The guard has turned things around, scoring at least 11 points in three of his last four games after failing to score in double figures for the first three games after the All-Star break. Over his last four games, Haliburton is averaging 15.0 points, 4.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals on 51.1 percent shooting.
Haliburton tallied 28 points (11-15 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists, one rebound, one block and one steal in 36 minutes during Monday's victory over the Cavs.
Haliburton's production has picked up a bit since entering the starting lineup, as he's scored in double-figures in three of his last four outings, including Monday's career-best effort. He can attribute the standout performance to connecting on a career-high 11 field goals, four of which came from three-point territory. In his last four games (all as a starter), Haliburton is averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 steals while playing 32.5 minutes per contest.
Haliburton will continue to have a minutes restriction Friday against Boston, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
Haliburton's playing time has been restricted over the past several games after returning from a left calf injury. The 21-year-old played 33 minutes in Wednesday's win over Washington and could see a similar workload against the Celtics on Friday.
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