Starting Five for Thursday

LaMarcus Aldridge
Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has scored 89 points in 96 minutes Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

1. Hail Blazers!

The MVP of the NBA playoffs after two games? Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, who has scored 89 points in 96 minutes as the Blazers take the first two in Houston.      

2. "...If They Don't Win It's A Shame..."

On the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, the Cubs lose in the Cubbiest way possible, blowing a three-run lead in the ninth. The Kansas City Packers --er, Arizona Diamondbacks--scored five runs on an error, a grounder ricocheting off second base and a bloop triple that led to a hamstring injury for Chicago right fielder Justin Ruggiano.   Wrigley Field The Cubs and the Diamondbacks wore throwback uniforms to celebrate Wrigley Field's 100th annivesary Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

3. Pine Tar-nished

Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda is tossed in the second inning at Fenway after umpires detect a liberal-- shall we say Biletnikoffian?-- application of pine tar on his neck. The Yankees are looking to hire a makeup artist.

4. You Look Mav-elous

Dallas Alamos San Antonio, handing the defending Western Conference champs its worst home defeat in eight years with a 113-92 Game 2 win. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will not be forced to return his NBA Coach of the Year award.

5. NFL Releases Schedule

Tom Brady's Patriots will play Peyton Manning's Broncos nine times, while the Chicago Bears will meet Northwestern. Welcome to pro football, Wildcats.

 

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