Feb. 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) drives the ball on the baseline against the Golden State Warriors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough has struggled at times so far this season, but has also shown positive signs while adjusting to his role off the bench. Hansbrough has scored 37 points in the last two games providing the scoring threat the Pacers second unit desperately needs to succeed.
Conrad Brunner has a nice look at Hansbrough's game while he deals with drawing the focus of opposing defenses as a key scoring threat on the second unit, something he didn't have to deal with in the starting unit last season. A.J. Price actually has a nice assessment of the whole situation as the second unit point guard.
Of course, Hansbrough will often try to bully his way through that defensive focus playing the only way he knows how -- full throttle. That leads to this great exchange of comments that Bruno shares, with Frank Vogel expressing an interest in Hansbrough toning it down on occasion when he has the ball.
"I think he' got to vary his speed in his attacks," Vogel said. "He's 100 miles an hour all the time and that works for him in a lot of ways, especially on the defensive end and in the hustle areas. But he just needs to grow his change of pace to his offensive game so there's more stop and go, there's more under control, and it's not just all 100 miles an hour."
This is a radical concept for Hansbrough, who has known only one speed his entire career.
"It's something I'll look at," he said. "It's tough to go less than 100 but whatever can help my game I'm willing to do."
Yeah, good luck with that one coach.