Dallas is smooth and well-coached. Players are unselfish. Everybody has a role, and embraces it.
Oklahoma City is young, roles are less defined and players aren't always willing to accept them.
In Dallas, everything revolves around Dirk Nowitzki. Teammates find him. And if defenses are skewed to stop him, Nowitzki often finds the open man.
You saw the selflessness on Nowitzki's three-pointer with 1:14 remaining in Dallas' playoff-clinching victory Wednesday. He missed an earlier three on the sequence. Then his teammates snapped the ball from Maverick to Maverick and ultimately to Nowitzki, who hit the clinching three.
Kevin Durant is a sensational scorer. He is Oklahoma City's Nowitzki. Lesser, but still one of the league's best scorers. The Thunder, however, often ignores him. Hey, who's that open tall guy over there? I don't know, says Russell Westbrook. Never seen him before.
Westbrook shoots too much. The Thunder would still be playing if they had a point guard who looked for Durant.