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Rockets veteran proves he still has gas left in the tank

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The Houston Rockets might be defined by their youth during such a pivotal change for the franchise, but veterans like Eric Gordon still bring something to the table.

The NBA preseason has come to a close and the Rockets added one more W to win the win column with a victory against the Indiana Pacers.

The preseason went about as well as it could for the rebuilding Rockets. The young guys got reps, the team built chemistry, and the franchise was able to prove that it might not lead the league in losses for yet another season.

Perhaps the tough days of being one of the worst teams in the league are about to come to a close.

Another positive that transpired during rhe preseason was that the Rockets were able to keep building value in veteran Eric Gordon. If anyone had doubts about Gordon's abilities to keep playing on such a young team, those doubts should be gone now.

Last night's performance by Gordon against the Pacers felt like a statement that he doesn't need to go anywhere, and while some fans would like to see young guys with most of the minutes at each position, Gordon's case to stay on the court is pretty solid.

With 14 points in 17 minutes, Gordon showed that he is still every bit the scorer that he has been for the past few years. Plenty of teams would love to have a guy like Gordon coming off the bench as an added three-point threat that can also play defense, but it sure does look like he is going to get at or near starting minutes for the Rockets if he keeps playing like this.

This should give Houston plenty of time to see what they have with their young guys before making a move with their veteran leader.

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