Takeaway No. 3 – Another good game from Trevor Ariza
After a slow start to the season, Trevor Ariza has quietly been pretty solid the past few games. Since the rough 1/6 from deep night against Memphis, he has shot 52% from 3 (13/25) and has looked much better. He is currently shooting just 34% from deep, his worst mark since 2012.
Last night, he had only 11 points but was 3/5 from beyond the arc and had a tough finish in the paint. He also has a knack for starting games with a triple (or A-three-za as Bill Worrell calls it). This is a good sign for the Rockets as they need his floor spacing in their offense. He is another weapon for Chris Paul and James Harden to find open for 3.
His defense has also improved since the beginning of the season. He was solid against LeBron James a few games ago and can guard just about anyone on the court. His versatility on that side of the game will be key for the Rockets as they look to continue their hot start to the season.
Next: Takeaway No. 4