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Cavaliers move up game time so Cleveland fans can watch Game 6

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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert just did local sports fans a huge solid.

Gilbert announced via Twitter that Tuesday’s Cavs game against the Houston Rockets has been bumped up to 6:00 to allow fans to catch most of the Cleveland Indians’ Game 6 showdown with the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.

Gilbert also announced fans can stay in their seats and watch the Indians attempt to clinch their first title since 1948 on the Quicken Loans Arena jumbotron.

It’s not the first time the Cavaliers have adjusted their schedule to accommodate the Indians’ pursuit of World Series glory. The team moved up its ring ceremony ahead of its home opener a half-hour to interfere less with the start time of Game 1 of the World Series.

First pitch for Game 6 down the street at Progressive Field is slated for 8:08 Cleveland time. Given all the pomp and circumstance and commercial breaks and slow play inherent to a typical World Series game, there’s a good chance Gilbert’s estimation that fans will only miss the first inning may be underselling it a bit. It’s entirely possible the Cavaliers game could end before the Indians come up to bat in the bottom of the 1st.

[Hardball Talk]