the two teams are different even though the roster was only changed up a bit but the change did shake things up...
this years team is a little slower in transition (both ways) than last years... but the defenese has been better, last year i'd say it was 60% offense 40% d.. this year i'd make it 50/50 and there have been many nights this team is winning it mostly with defense which i think in the end will be a deciding factor
Yet they were the hardest series the lakers have had thus far. Sometimes young fresh players are better than old veterans, especially in a run and gun team
I don't think it had anything to do with that. I think both the Jazz and the Suns are mentally defeated before they even step on the the court against the Lakers. Just look at the Suns...two important players to them Dudley and Richardson are petrified by the Lakers. Thunder didn't really know any better except maybe Westbrook being a Kobe stan.