Sydney had a lot less to play for than their opponents
Theoretically every game is the same but we all know that doesn't match reality.
This is a bit like that age old debate about every minute and every referee decision being of equal importance. But, if every minute is worth the same, why does a coach rest their star player when their star has 4 fouls? (Mike Kelly notwithstanding after playing Machado in this situation vs NZ!). If the backup has 1 foul and can easily play out a quarter, why does the backup usually play, until the last 5 minutes of the game?
Some would say all the coaches are just wrong. Maybe so.
Anyway, Sydney- WIN, and you're 5 games clear on top. LOSE, and you're 3 games clear on top. Doesn't make much difference really.
Perth - Win, and solidify 2nd spot. LOSE- the immense pressure builds, the knives are out, you're only a game or 2 inside the top 4. Sydney maintains their psychological edge over you, and you start doubting whether you can actually beat them in finals.
Perth were always going to be hungry after being spanked in front of their home crowd, yet again
Sydney needed a wake up call, you learn more from losing than you do from winning. Weaver would be losing zero sleep over those losses