CLEVELAND, Ohio — The NBA moved the start time for Tuesday’s Cavs-Rockets game up an hour to 6 p.m. to accommodate fans who want to watch the World Series.
Which pretty much means everyone, at least as far as the Cavs are concerned, including their players. The Cavs’ organization pushed for the time change.
“Yeah, for sure,” said Kyrie Irving, when asked if he and his teammates would walk across Gateway Plaza from The Q to Progressive Field for Game 6 after playing the Rockets.
“It’ll be an experience of a lifetime,” Irving said. “Game 6 of the World Series, man, hoo, that’s big time. I’m excited for them. I know the city is. I’m happy our game got moved up. I don’t mind moving it for the World Series at all. It’ll be an exciting time.
“Hopefully we can get a suite and we can walk over there as a team and watch our home team go for a championship as well.”
On Twitter, team owner Dan Gilbert said the Cavs’ game should be over by the second inning of the Indians-Cubs World Series contest.
CLE, we fought hard to move @cavs tip to 6pm tomorrow so you wouldn’t be torn. @cavs game should end by 2nd inning. Can’t wait, @Indians!
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 31, 2016
If the Indians win Game 6 Tuesday, the championship is theirs for the first time since 1948. That’d be two major pro sports titles for Cleveland in four months. The winners of the first — the Cavs — want to be there to watch the second.
Fans will be allowed to remain in The Q and watch the baseball game on the Humungotron. Doors for the Cavs-Rockets game will open at 4:30 p.m.
NBATV and Fox Sports Ohio will still broadcast the game as planned.