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Cavaliers-Rockets game moves up tip off for World Series

Feb. 28, 2014 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Los Angeles Lakers Mike D'Antoni during their NBA game against the Sacramento Kings during an NBA game on Friday February 28, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles California. LA Lakers defeated the Kings126-122.
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The NBA granted the Cleveland Cavaliers’ request to move the tip of Tuesday’s game versus the Houston Rockets to 6 p.m. due to the fact Game 6 of the World Series being played next door at 8.

Cleveland fans at the basketball game should make it out of the arena just a half hour or so after the World Series game begins, barring any overtimes, but it will also make it easier for the Rockets, who have another game in New York on Wednesday night, to leave Cleveland as quickly as possible.

The Rockets begin a five-game road trip Tuesday in Cleveland. In addition to Cleveland and New York, Houston will also visit Atlanta, Washington and San Antonio. This will be one of two five-game road trips the Rockets take in the first five weeks of the season.

“Really good teams on the road, this is a good test of our communication and how well we can come together early, which I think we’ll do really good,” Rockets guard James Harden said according to the Houston Chronicle.

Rockets new coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t considering these games a test, but rather an opportunity to learn more about his club, especially when they take on the defending champions Tuesday night.

“It’s one of those games you can learn when you have to go against the best,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll try to get a win. If we do fall short, we’ll see where we have to get better. I’m not afraid of them, obviously. I’m excited about it.

“Maybe LeBron (James) and them will want to go see the (World Series) game.”

Now that the NBA moved up the game, James can play against Houston and then head over to the World Series.

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