In my opinion the Bruins have two main problems this year:
1. There are certain types of teams that kill the Bruins and shoot around 60% or higher (MTSU, Cal, OSU)
2. Lazerick Jones thinking he is Kobe Bryant and not passing the ball.
With regard to problem #1, I'm wondering how much of the problem might be related to only having one player taller than 6'3" and shorter than 6'10" - Tyler Lamb. I haven't watched the games, I just devour the statistic afterwards. I'm curious, of the teams that have lit up the Bruins this year, do they have an unusual concentration of good 6'4" to 6'8" players? Just curious. If so, it strikes me as a good argument for playing Norman Powell 30 minutes a game, and playing Anthony Stover quite a lot more, maybe even trying him at Forward a bit (though it would take away some shot blocking).
With regard to problem #2, the Wears and Josh Smith are now shooting well over 50% lately. If the Bruins are lacking on defense maybe they could make up for it a bit on offense. But Jones seems to have a split personality since moving to off guard: the "Good Lazerick" has great games with 8 or 9 assists and one turnover, feeding the Wears (who are the best outside shooters on the team by far), feeding Josh or Anthony for dunks, etc. The "Bad Lazerick" seems to think he is Kobe Bryant and needs to "take over the game" - depriving higher percentage shooters of opportunities, just as we sometimes see Kobe shoot 12 for 35 while Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are shooting 80%.
From my point of view, to solve the defensive problem, Norman Powell and Anthony Stover have to play much more, end of story. To solve the offensive problem, when "Bad Lazerick" shows up, Howland has to sit him down and whisper in his ear "take over the game the way Jon Stockton would, not Kobe."
Other than that, I see various slow improvements taking place. Jerime Anderson is a lot more steady than in previous years, as his A/TO ratio would attest. The Wears shooting percentage was awful at the beginning of the year but has gone way up. Their rebounding was horrible but has progressed to "mediocre" and could keep going. The defense does well against most teams but seems like it cannot handle certain kinds of teams, but the solution seems pretty obvious at this point: more NP and AS. Offense has been like a yoyo lately, mostly because LJ is controlling the strings instead of Ben Howland.
I will never understand why CBW didn't put Russell Westbrook on Derick Rose. Simiarly, I may never understand why NP isn't playing 30 minutes because if I have to choose, I would much rather watch Norman Powell shoot 3/9 than Lazeric Jones shoot 3/9.