Tyler Hansbrough Updatehttp://www.indystar.com/article/20121204/SPORTS04/121204038/Pacers-notebook-Hansbrough-confident-he-can-shoot-his-way-out-slump-
CHICAGO - Tyler Hansbrough knew where the question was headed, so he quickly cut it off.
"I'm going to keep shooting," the Indiana Pacers power forward said. "I feel like I'm automatic from there. That's my game. It's going to come around."
The midrange jumper is supposed to be Hansbroughâ€™s strong suit.
Catch the pass, take the shot in rhythm and the odds of the ball going in were usually better than 50 percent.
That hasn't been the case of late.
Hansbrough went into Tuesday's game at Chicago shooting only 38 percent from the field, the second lowest of his four-year career. He shot 36 percent his rookie season but appeared in only 29 games that year. He was held scoreless for the first time this season against Golden State on Saturday.
Hansbrough's best season was his second year in the league (46.5 percent), when he took over the starting power forward spot after Frank Vogel took over as coach.
But the past two seasons have forced Hansbrough to adapt to new roles.
He has gone from being a starter at every level on which he has played to having his minutes drastically reduced while playing behind David West at power forward. Hasnbrough, who is averaging 17.4 minutes a game, has always been a rhythm player. "He's struggling, obviously," Vogel said. "He was automatic when he was playing big minutes. A lot times it's an adjustment for a guy to come in off the bench and play a more limited minutes role. "He has to figure it out. We all have to figure it out. We have to put him in a position to get rhythm shots."