Originally Posted by Ainosterhaspie
Just to add to this:
Pistons ORtg regular season 110.8, against Bulls 107.9.
Magic ORtg regular season 109.2 , against Cavaliers 113.3.
Of course we all know that regular season performance is more meaningful than the actual performance in the series.
When a player passes out of a double team, the defense must rotate and recover as the ball is swung around - double teams spur ball movement because that's how you beat them, and ball movement makes defenses work harder.
MJ was facing the Jordan Rules, aka double-teams - so when mj gave up the ball after being doubled, the Pistons were having to rotate hard on defense to recover, thus wearing them out and blunting their offensive attack somewhat - the Jordan Rules were tiring to execute (Pistons had to work harder against mj defensively), which took away from their offensive burst
Otoh, Lebron faces no doubles/straight-up defense because he isn't a pure shooter and is often not a threat for a high shot attempts (passive) - so the straight-up defenses he faces (no hard rotations necessary) are fresh and therefore have more capacity to get hot offensively