Hansbrough has not delivered the way in the postseason as he has in the regular season. Granted, the teams in the playoffs are the best in the league and in some respect, a player’s averages may not always be best in the postseason.
Hansbrough, a four-year veteran, played in 81 games during the regular season, and started eight for an average of 16.9 minutes, 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and shot 43.2 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free throw line. In 17 playoff games, he’s averaging 12.8 minutes, 2.2 points and 3.2 rebounds a game, and is shooting 39.7 percent from the floor and 60.5 percent from the free throw line.
The Pacers were hoping that Hansbrough would give the starters some relief and would give the team good quality minutes during the playoffs in the first round. He did so with 16 minutes, 5.7 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. But his numbers went down since. His conference semifinals stats were 12.3 minutes and 2.5 points per game, plus 2.9 rebounds a game. He shot 33.3 percent from the floor.
For the Heat, the numbers are up a little more, but he’s only at 9.6 minutes a game, plus four points and three rebounds per game. He’s shooting 44.4 percent.
The Pacers need more from Hansbrough. The starters are getting their jobs done, but the reserves, like Hansbrough need to come through in a better way.
It’s not too late for Hansbrough since the Pacers haven’t been eliminated. It’d be great for the team if he had his best playoff game ever in Game 6 against the Heat. It couldn’t come at a better time.