8:19 PM PST, December 11, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Its just like Poplar Bluff. Ben and Tyler, on the court together again.
Its might be sentimental for the parents of the Brothers Hansbrough now that the rookie guard has joined his more veteran brother on the Pacers' second unit.
That's the first time-sans a bit of time this preseason-that the duo has seen significant playing time on the floor together since their Missouri high school days.
But when it comes to the pair themselves, things are a little more business like.
"Not really," said Ben when asked if his brother had any advice after being elevated to the backup point guard position. "Tyler is a person who is very to himself."
Not that he has to go into great detail to explain exactly what his younger brother will have to do once he takes on that role Wednesday against the Cavaliers for the first time.
Like Tyler, Ben will be expected to bring energy to a second team that has struggled to provide a spark during a 10-11 start.
"I'm gonna try to bring my intensity," said Hansbrough, who replaces off season acquisition D.J. Augustin in the lineup. "A lot of times vibes like that are contagious, trying to get other people going. Just get the second unit playing a lot harder and try to help them in the ways I can."
That's the idea head coach Frank Vogel had when he made the switch this week. In the Pacers last two games-both losses-the bench was a non-factor which contributed to leads lost down the stretch.
Against Denver, the Pacers bench had just 12 points with only one coming from Augustin. That number went up to 20 against Oklahoma City on Sunday with Augustin generating just two.
Both of those were games that Hansbrough watched from the bench but will not any longer-at least for the short term.
"I want to see his defensive intensity, which I think is a strength of his," said Vogel of Hansbrough. "I want him to play within himself on the offensive end; knock down the open shot but not try to do too much."
So far this season Hansbrough has appeared in just three games, scoring four points in 14 total minutes of action.
While it may seem a major change for Hansbrough now that he's in the secondary unit, he believes preparation will make the added playing load easy to adjust to.
"I always try to prepare myself everyday to be the best player I possibly can be," said Hansbrough. "The only difference I feel like right now from where I was a week ago is I have an opportunity."
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