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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:   msn.com

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

  Standout Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton escapes ligament damage, season likely done Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton suffered a non-contact knee injury on Sunday, raising concerns that he endured ligament damage. The Kings announced on Tuesday that an MRI revealed that Haliburton escaped ligament damage, but that his standout rookie campaign is likely done. 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. Tyrese Haliburton suffered a knee injury on this play and will not return vs.

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.

Tyrese Haliburton leaves game vs Mavericks with left knee injury

  Tyrese Haliburton leaves game vs Mavericks with left knee injury Sacramento Kings rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton left Sunday's game against the Dallas Mavericks with a left knee injury. The Sacramento Kings entered Sunday night looking to play spoiler against the Dallas Mavericks. While the Kings made it a competitive game, the tone became much more serio us after rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton went down on the court with an injury. In the third quarter, Haliburton rushed up-court following a pass, but tweaked his left knee at the half-court line and fell in pain. Haliburton was attended to by training staff and went to the locker room, where he was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game.

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.

NBA rookie rankings: Welcome back to the top three, LaMelo Ball

  NBA rookie rankings: Welcome back to the top three, LaMelo Ball LaMelo Ball made his highly anticipated return to the court for the Charlotte Hornets this past weekend and did not disappoint. The return of Ball has put the pressure back on Anthony Edwards as the Rookie of the Year race heats up. Tyrese Haliburton is also playing the best he’s played all season after De’Aaron Fox was placed in the league's health and safety protocols. There are a couple newcomers to the top 10, and Orlando Magic point guard Cole Anthony cracks the top five for the first time this season. Below are Yahoo Sports’ latest rookie power rankings. All stats are through Sunday’s games. 1. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves Previous rank: No. 1 18.

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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