Stats show drastic change in passing/isolation for Warriors in series vs. Rockets

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The Golden State Warriors have been known as a team that is all about the team aspect of the game, and a lot of their success the last few years has been because of their terrific ball movement.
The Warriors, however, now find themselves down 3-2 in their series against the Houston Rockets, and a significant factor is the lack of ball movement.

The Warriors are averaging 58 fewer passes and 16 more isolation plays in the Conference Finals than they averaged all season prior to this series, according to @SecondSpectrum
According to Second Spectrum vs ESPN Stats and Info, coming into the Conference Finals, the Warriors were averaging 334.3 passes per game. In the Conference Finals though they are only averaging 276.2 passes per game, which is 58 fewer.
Before the Conference Finals, the Warriors were only averaging 11.1 isolation plays per game, but since the Conference Finals has started they are now averaging 27.2 isolations per game.
The Rockets have been an isolation team all year and that has worked to success, but their biggest accomplishment this series has been getting the Warriors to revert to being an isolation team.
When Kevin Durant was with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was known for playing a lot of isolation basketball, but since coming over to the Warriors he has mostly been able to stay away from playing hero ball thanks to his three All-Star teammates, two of whom are the greatest shooters in NBA history. In this series, however, we’ve seen him go back to his old ways. During Game 5, Steve Kerr said during a timeout that Durant needed to start trusting his teammates more. Via the Washington Post.
“When [Michael Jordan] was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game and he kept trying to score. And he was scoring, but we weren’t getting anything going. Phil Jackson said, ‘Who’s open?’ He said, ‘John Paxson.’
“I want you to trust your teammates early, early. What you’re doing is, you’re getting to the rim, and then you’re trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy. And then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, okay?”

If the Warriors are to win this series, they’ll have to avoid playing this one-on-one brand of basketball and get back to what they do best: move the ball, find the open man, and hit backbreaking shots.

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