Tyrese Haliburton played 22 minutes and made a comeback on Tuesday night, after being plagued by a thigh injury for most of January. He missed 10 of Indiana Pacers‘ last 11 games. Typically, it wouldn’t be a problem for a player to need 15 to 20 games to fully recover from a soft tissue injury. However, this has become a problem in the current NBA season.
Haliburton signed a nine-figure contract extension in the summer and has since been playing at borderline MVP level. Making his first All-NBA team would be almost certain, except for the fact that he missed eleven games. From the 2023/24 season onwards, to qualify for „All-NBA“, „All-Defense“, and „MVP“ awards of the regular season, a player must have played at least 65 games and at least 20 minutes in every game except for two. The NBA allows leeway of two games where a player only played 15 minutes.