It's actually pretty simple. The only reason we play so many close games is because we do what other teams want us to do way too often.
1) If they don't want Deandre getting looks in the low post, they'll double so we won't pass it to him.
2) If Deandre gets it in the high post, they'll play slightly further off than you would expect because they want to bait him into taking the jumper.
3) If they don't want Trier and Rawle driving to the hole, they'll clog the lane and sag off a bit to bait them into taking threes.
And a lot of the time, we do all those things they want us to do.
They have to recognize that and go into Boss Mode.
1) If they have dudes doubling/hanging on Deandre, pass it to him anyway. Wtf are they really going to be able to do about it? Nothing.
2) If Deandre gets it in the high post, they would rather have him take the 50/50 jumper than the 90% bucket, foul, or And1 at the rim, so he needs to take it to the hole anyway. What can they do about it? Nothing.
3) They want Trier settling for jumpers and iso because he's a nightmare to deal with off the dribble. If there's no path to the rim, drive it anyway. What can they do about? Nothing. Foul him, don't collapse and let him score. If they collapse, he can feed either open big guy, feed a shooter or try to force the issue and draw fouls. Even if he looks to score and fails, the likelihood of getting an easy offensive rebound and putback are very high for the bigs off a collapse.
These defenses create the illusion that certain options are not available for us. But the truth is that we can get anything we want any time we want regardless of how we are being defended. They just have to come to that realization. It's damn near impossible to beat us when we are attacking, living at the FT line, and opponents have half their team in foul trouble.
Tonight against USC would be the ideal time to start playing like bosses if we are serious about going all the way.