Poplar Bluff alum Tyler Hansbrough emerges as key contributor for Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Pacers fans weren't sure about Tyler

Hansbrough when the team drafted him in 2009.

He's one of their favorites now, and his success embodies the

scrappy young Pacers. Indiana is down 0-2 to top-seeded Chicago,

but is giving the heavily favored Bulls a tough test in the first

round of the playoffs.

Hansbrough says he's always had doubters, and he uses the

comments as fuel. Pacers president Larry Bird always expected the

former North Carolina star to succeed. Hansbrough moved into the

regular rotation after the Pacers fired Jim O'Brien and made Frank

Vogel the interim coach.

Hansbrough scored 22 points in the playoff opener at Chicago.

His hustle and intensity have firmly established him as a villain

at the United Center.