Basketball

Jae Crowder to bench, Kevin Love back at power forward

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — In the hopes of shoring up one of the worst defenses in the league while shaking the Cleveland Cavaliers from their month-long slump, the Cavs are replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup, coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday. “We’re going to start Tristan,” Lue said. “Jae has been playing […]

Basketball

NBA — Celtics bench lifts Boston over visiting Timberwolves

1:01 Despite Karl-Anthony Towns’ fourth 20-20 game of his career, the Timberwolves fall to the Celtics, who come out on top behind Kyrie Irving’s 16 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in a 91-84 victory. BOSTON — Marcus Smart’s reputation suggests a player who’s a defensive bulldog but an offensive liability. There are many who […]