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Kings laugh off questions over size under the boards

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Jae’Sean Tate led the way for the Kings, finishing with 16 points and seven boards, including two offensive rebounds.

The 193cm power forward from Ohio plays above his size, and regularly jostles with opponents who tower over him.

Despite the height disadvantage, Tate understands that rebounding is all about mindset.

“Going in, you already know that you’re going to be at a disadvantage,” he said.

“I mean I’ve always been a guy who’s always been undersized or told I’m too small, or not quick enough,” said Tate.

“Just knowing that you’re already going to be at a disadvantage, I think that helps me focus on being successful defensively. It’s been working for me.”

Against the 36ers, Tate consistently muscled his way into the paint, grabbing rebounds and scoring against bigger bodies.

Weaver was full of praise for his American import.

“He’s just a steady person. He works his butt off,” said Weaver.

“He has a level-headedness that’s remarkable given how hard he plays, and the speed and ferocity of the way he rebounds.

“Everywhere he goes, wins just seem to follow. A lot of it has to do with the degree to which he is about the right things and our team feeds off it.

“I’m excited about where his career is headed,” said Weaver, who is now plotting the New Zealand Breakers downfall in Sydney on Friday night.

AAP

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