Back in December, we noticed a bizarre trend involving the Spurs' defense , which showed that their numbers were actually better with Kawhi Leonard off the court. The central argument involved a trend that saw teams putting Leonard deep in the corner on offensive possessions, relegating him to a small area of space where he can't "infect" the offense. We called it "Kawhisolation."
And we're seeing it now, in the second round of the playoffs.
Watch Ryan Anderson here in the Rockets' blowout Game 1 victory. He gets the ball to James Harden, and tells Trevor Ariza to go higher up the floor as he takes Leonard deep in the corner.