ANBL: NZ Breakers cleared of COVID-19, but Perth game postponed again

NZ Breakers players and staff have been cleared of COVID-19, but still can't travel to Perth for a long-awaited clash with the defending Aussie NBL champions.

The Auckland club have been based in Hobart to start the new season under coronavirus protocols and have opened with two losses to Adelaide 36ers.

But over the past two weeks, they have now had three fixtures against Perth Wildcats postponed - the latest results from the five-day Western Australia lockdown imposed over the weekend.

Their January 17 season-opener in Perth was delayed, after the Wildcats became stranded in Queensland, when that state experienced a surge in COVID cases and travellers were locked out of WA.

Last weekend, the Breakers were again scheduled to travel west, but when several of their party fell ill, they stayed in Adelaide and were tested under league coronavirus protocols.

"The team's COVID-19 tests after yesterday's postponement have all come back negative," the club has tweeted. "Back to the court for training, as we look forward to continuing our NBL21 campaign."

That schedule has suffered another setback, with the WA State Government imposing a lockdown that will see Friday's Breakers v Wildcats showdown postponed. 

Their next match is now set down for Monday, February 8, when they travel to Cairns to face the Taipans.