I know it's tough to beat a team 3 times in a row and that we aren't a very good road team, but somehow this team seems to bring it against the suns more than against some other teams. I have a theory as to why this happens:
It has been evident before that when the team's leader, Kobe in this case, plays without great energy and agresiveness, the others become passive too. For example, there are some games when Kobe becomes a facilitator for most of the game and passes on many shots. I've noticed that in those games we are usually outhustled and outrebounded, not to mention the whole team looks less agressive.
What happens when we play the suns? Kobe is usually very motivated and is very agressive. As a result, I notice MWP usually has big games, the rebounding is up, and the defense is better. Kobe is the leader of this team, and his energy and effort will determine the team's energy and effort (in most cases)
"The first time I ever saw my uniform hanging in the locker I put it on right away, and it just felt like I was putting on golden armour. From that day forward, I just called it 'the golden armour', it just felt like there was something mystical and magical about it" - Kobe Bryant.