Schwarber’s costly play was part of a strange day in the field for the Cubs. Quintana and Zobrist also committed an error, but Russell made a spectacular diving stop on Michael A. Taylor’s grounder to shortstop in the seventh and Zobrist robbed Trea Turner of a hit with a solid play at second in the eighth.
Miami went on to make four straight Finals, winning it all twice, before James returned to Cleveland in 2014. Chicago lost to Miami in the Eastern Conference finals in 2011 and has not been beyond the second round since, as Rose battled persistent injuries before eventually being traded to the New York Knicks in the summer of 2016.
“They’re men, they’re going to make their own decisions,” Rose said. “Their families, if they had families at the time. They were going to do whatever was comfortable for not only them but their families. So with Miami, taking them, I wasn’t like mad at them or holding grudges against them because they made the right decisions and they won two championships right off the bat.”
“Obviously he’s off to a good start right now, but we’ll definitely be trying to do something about it,” Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, who figures to replace Cole in the lineup, told the Post-Gazette.
Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom has seven goals and 38 assists in 38 games vs. Pittsburgh, while Oshie has seven goals and 10 assists in 18 games.
The challenge was ultimately twofold for James: get back his conditioning and rhythm after being sidelined for nearly two weeks, and acclimate to a handful of new teammates, including a completely overhauled starting lineup compared with what he played with en route to three trips to the NBA Finals in the past three years.
“It’s coming quick,” he said. “All the preparation, everything speeds up. … We’re built differently. We know what to expect We’re hungry. We’re never going to get too high after a win. We just have to keep plugging along.”