NBL Cup on track despite lockdown

NBL clubs remain in limbo about this weekend’s inaugural NBL Cup in Melbourne as they await advice before travelling to Victoria amid the state’s COVID-19 lockdown.

Uncertainty hangs over the start of the NBL Cup as Victoria battles a snap five-day lockdown.

The Brisbane Bullets were set to fly to Melbourne after Monday night’s 36ers game in Adelaide, but their flight has been cancelled.

Instead, the Bullets will now travel home to Brisbane before flying to Melbourne once they receive the green light.

At this point, Victoria’s five-day lockdown is set to end on Wednesday night at midnight.

The first NBL Cup is at this stage going ahead as planned. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The best-case scenario for the NBL is the lockdown being lifted, opening the door for interstate clubs to travel to Melbourne from Thursday in time for the start of the NBL Cup on Saturday.

The Cup is set to open with a blockbuster double-header, starting with Cairns and Illawarra at 3pm before Melbourne United and Perth clash at 5.30pm.

If Victoria’s five-day lockdown is extended on Wednesday, it’s understood the NBL is considering delaying the NBL Cup and playing another regular season round before resuming the Cup.

However, at this stage the league is focusing on starting the NBL Cup as planned from February 20.

The NBL Cup is set to run for a month, featuring 18 days of double-headers and 36 games across two city venues.

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