Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza just arrived on the Rockets' bench.
Apparently, Ariza and Howard will enjoy watching in the lockerroom. That leaves only Ish Smith and Joe Rogowski as former Magi on Hou bench.
Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza getting the night off for Rockets tonight.
Reggie Miller is very wrong. Trevor Ariza is NOT an upgrade from Chandler Parsons. No way.
Great stretch of hustle as Ariza dives past Wade to bat a loose ball from backcourt to frontcourt before Jones dives past him to save it.
Wade is 5 of 5; 2 on Ariza; 3 on Harden; most examples of outstanding shot-making. Doesn't matter. Harden's D will be blamed in 3, 2, 1...
Rockets looked terrific in first quarter in Miami, hitting 6-9 on threes. Harden, Ariza combined for 14 points. 28-18 Rockets.
Ariza has stood out pretty much every preseason game. Caught defending on a 2-on-1 break, just drew a charge on DWade. Hit his 1st 2 treys.
Rockets starting Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Trevor Ariza, James Harden, Patrick Beverly. 8 p.m., TNT.
As Ariza comes out for Papanikolaou, he asks the PA guy, "For who?" The response: "For Trevor Areeeeeeza."
He can pronounce Papanikolaou but not Ariza? OK.
Trevor Ariza is 4-4 from the field for 9 points with 2 steals in the first 9 minutes of the first quarter.
Ariza tells Steve Kerr to pipe down so he can tell the PA guy how to pronounce his name. Now, if someone can turn down volume on the PA guy.
As you probably heard if you have a window open in Houston, our PA guy keeps mispronouncing Ariza. Ariza gave him a long stare after bucket.
GSW vs. HOU starters: GSW -- Nedovic, Iguodala, Barnes, Lee, Bogut; HOU -- Beverley, Harden, Ariza, Jones, Howard. Out: Curry, Thompson.
Rockets lose for 1st time this preseason, fall 117-98 to ADavis, Pelicans. Papanikolaou led HOU w/ 13p, Canaan 12p, Daniels/Ariza/DMo 9p.
McHale playing Ariza, Beverley more than he intended tonight. Wanted to get things settled down for guys playing with them.
End of the 1st half - Rockets lead Phoenix 44-40. DMo leads all scorers with 8 pts. Johnson, Ariza and Jones have 6 each for the Rockets.
Courtney Lee thought the Rockets played faster w/ Dwight out, says Ariza will be a good addition. "He is a very low mistake kind of guy."
Francisco Garcia and Papanikolaou check in for Harden and Ariza. Got to think the Rockets starters are done five minutes into second half.
Harden (14p), Beverley (9p), Ariza (8p) all looked sharp against a top defense in first half. Rockets up 52-35 at the break.
Trevor Ariza was the reason the Wizards made the playoffs last season? Seriously?
Trevor Ariza already has 3 steals in the first 5 minutes of this game.
Beverly, Harden, Adrien, Jones and Ariza
Trevor Ariza in 22 min: 12 pts on 5-7 FG, 4 reb, 3 assists, +3. Chandler Parsons in 24 min: 14 pts on 3-7 FG, 1 reb, 1 assist, -3.
Doesn't look like Rockets miss Parsons much as Ariza filling in nicely, but there are major questions about the bench. 64-54 Mavs at half.
Trevor Ariza is making a lot of Rockets fans feel more at ease tonight. He is fitting in nicely.
When NBA's uber-rich new TV deals kick in, Rockets could have as few as 2 players, Harden and Ariza, under contract. Beverley likely, too.
Kevin McHale was asked today if Trevor Ariza’s defensive play could rub off on his teammates. McHale said he doesn’t believe in that.