The Panthers have remained optimistic, but the pain in Cam Newton’s ankle hasn't gone away just yet, a reminder he’s not quite 100 percent.
The effects of surgery to tighten those tendons are still lingering and could actually be a problem for Newton heading into the season. It's not that we don't believe that he can play on it, but just how effectively he'll be able to play is the question. Scrambling outside the pocket is one of the main aspects of Newton's game. If he's at less than 100-percent, the whole offense could suffer.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