Rob Gronkowski continues to make strides in his recovery from last year's torn ACL and MCL. He ran sprints up the side of a hill for about 10 minutes on Wednesday.
The uphill running is another positive step for Gronkowski but it still isn't clear as to what his return timetable really is just yet. So long as things are progressing in this direction, the assumption is that Gronk will be back sometime during training camp. Once we get closer to then, we'll be able to determine exactly what his status will be for the regular season. Fantasy owners may have to concede the first couple of weeks of the season, but even in 12-to-14 games, he's still more productive than most tight ends over a full 16.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender