Tony Parker (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday, but remains optimistic for Game 1 Thursday vs the Heat.
Tony Parker's "Ankle-Gate" has been a topic of conversation for the past couple weeks leading up to Thursday night's Game 1 against the Heat. The 32-year-old is confident he'll practice Wednesday. Unless he has a major setback between now and Thursday, there isn't anyway Parker doesn't at least play in a limited role. ANALYST: Drew Phelps
Tom Brady completed 23-of-42 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots 30-24 OT loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Brady turned in one of his better games of the season and Sunday and while he's certainly had better numbers in previous games it is hard to ignore the lack of weapons on the offensive side of the ball that he had at his disposal with injuries to Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola over the last three weeks. Brady tossed three more touchdown passes on Sunday night, connecting with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Brandon Bolden for the scores. Late in the fourth quarter the Patriots passing attack suffered another tremendous blow as Rob Gronkowski was carted off with a knee injury which at the time appeared to be severe and yet Brady still managed to drive the Patriots down the field for a game tying field goal try to send the contest into OT. If Gronk is forced to miss any extended amount of time the fantasy impact for Brady will take another big blow as the available offensive weapons will be reduced to the very bottom of the depth chart. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba