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Rockets veteran needs great performance in preseason finale

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Jae'Sean Tate has experienced a quiet preseason after he got paid in the Summer. The veteran forward is going to need to ball out for the Rockets in his final game of the preseason.

The quiet preseason due to injuries for Rockets veteran Jae'Sean Tate has continued. It makes sense that his minutes in some situations have been limited, especially when the team has so many forwards to cycle through in an attempt to see what they have, but a quiet preseason isn't all that great when you were projected to start as a veteran on a young team, even if injuries are involved.

After Tate got paid by Houston and K.J. Martin seemed to be on the outs with the franchise, it seemed all but certain that the vet was going to be a starter and a part of this core going forward.

There may be some questions to that fact now with the emergence of Tari Eason.

Eason looks like he could be a Rookie of the Year type player if he got the right number of minutes, and many of fans are going to wonder why he is not on the court more if both forwards continue on their current levels of play.

Tate should feel a bit of heat. Eason is playing extremely well in his role and projects to be a part of this roster for a very long time. If the veteran really wants to keep his spot and maintain his current role, a great performamce and actually being able to play in the final preseason game is going to go a long way.

If Tate can't play, it won't be the end of the world, but it could lead to a shift in the rotation that wouldn't be in the cards if not for an ankle injury.

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