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Sport Standout Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton escapes ligament damage, season likely done

06:15  05 may  2021
06:15  05 may  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Standout Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton escapes ligament damage, season likely done

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Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton suffered a non-contact knee injury on Sunday, raising concerns that he endured ligament damage.

a man holding a green ball on a court: An awkward knee injury prompted concerns that Haliburton had suffered significant damage. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports An awkward knee injury prompted concerns that Haliburton had suffered significant damage. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Kings announced on Tuesday that an MRI revealed that Haliburton escaped ligament damage, but that his standout rookie campaign is likely done. He suffered a hyperextension that won't require surgery and is expected to make a full recovery in time for offseason training.

Injury looked worse than it was

Haliburton suffered the injury during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. As he crossed halfcourt with the ball, his left knee buckled, and he collapsed to the court in pain. He required help off the court and did not return to the game.

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Results of an MRI were expected Monday. When they weren't made public, concern lingered that Haliburton was dealing with something serious. While the early end to his season is disappointing, Tuesday's news is overwhelmingly good considering the alternative.

Haliburton wraps impressive rookie season

Haliburton finishes his rookie season with averages of 13 points, 5.3 assists, three rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 47.2% from the field and 40.9% from three-point distance. He was considered a draft-night steal when he slid to the Kings with the No. 12 pick November's draft. He more than lived up to that designation on the court, challenging LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards in the Rookie of the Year campaign.

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The early end to his season all but shuts the door on his long-shot status for the award, but the Kings can feel confident they've added a difference maker in the backcourt alongside fourth-year pro De'Aaron Fox.

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Kings get complete team effort in blowout win over Thunder .
Six Sacramento players scored in double figures in the easy victory over OKC.More Harkless had 18, while Buddy Hield chipped in with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead the Kings to victory. Five other Sacramento players also hit double figures in scoring.

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