“He does so many things for our team,” McConnell added. “Where I think everyone has to move the ball more and get in the paint more. The ball movement just has to be on another level. He gets 10 assists in his sleep, so it’s hard for another person on our team to replicate that. It’s a group effort when he goes down to get the ball and get it moving.”

The Pacers are 7-6 without Haliburton in the lineup this season.

NBA sportsbooks show Indiana as a seven-point underdog ahead of Game 3.