Basketball: Cyclone Gabrielle casts doubt over NZ Breakers, Tasmania JackJumpers travel plans for ANBL playoffs

As New Zealand braces for the full impact of Cyclone Gabrielle, the worst of the weather has held off for NZ Breakers' first ANBL playoff appearance in five years - but there's plenty of uncertainty over prospects for Game Two of their semi-final series against Tasmania JackJumpers.

The return match is scheduled for Hobart on Thursday, but due to the incoming weather and potential disruption to travel, that game is very much up in the air.

Tasmania JackJumpers huddle against the Breakers
Tasmania JackJumpers huddle against the Breakers. Photo credit: Photosport

The JackJumpers plan to fly at 6am Monday, while the Breakers want to follow them in the afternoon. Both teams are flying Qantas, who is yet to cancel any flights, but there are ongoing discussions with the airline.

"We are monitoring things closely in real time and working with our stakeholders to ensure everyone can get to Hobart for Thursday's Game Two," said the Australian NBL. "If it becomes apparent that this is not possible for any reason, we will work with all stakeholders to make whatever adjustments to the schedule that may be required.

"We are in constant discussions with stakeholders and monitoring the situation in real time. We are in constant communication with all stakeholders, due to the rapidly changing situation.

"We will continue to navigate as required and will fly the teams out when it's safe to do so."