Brady: Team focused on Jets, not Gronkowski

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Brady: Team focused on Jets, not Gronkowski

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady knows exactly what he'll be missing Thursday night.

"There's only one Rob Gronkowski," he said of the injured tight end. "There's only one of those in the league."

But the quarterback's Tuesday message was clear: New England will carry on.

"Other guys just have to step into that spot and do a job, that's what it comes down to," he said. "That's football and every team deals with it at one point or another. He's a tough guy to replace, but that's what we need to do."

Though "replace" was the word Brady chose, it's not quite what he meant. Other Patriots players will play the position, swapping body-for-body, but nobody is expecting Gronkowski's production to be replicated exactly.

For the record, he had six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns the last time New England faced the Jets.

Brady pointed out that different tight ends have different strengths and weaknesses. It's his job as quarterback to elevate the strengths.

"You know the guys that are going to be in there playing that roll -- Visanthe Shiancoe, and Michael Hoomanawanui, and Daniel Fells -- they have to go out there and do the best they can do. That's why they're on the team, that's why we have 53 guys on the roster so everybody can contribute in one way or another."

That's where the book closed on Gronkowski. Brady diverted every other question about the tight end back to New England's next game.

With such a short week, there's simply no time to think about anything else.

"I just, honestly . . . I've been thinking about the Jets," he said with a smile. "I haven't been thinking about when he's coming back. He's not playing this week, so we've got to go out there and win without him. There's a lot of guys that are capable of making plays for us, and that's where my attention is focused -- on the guys that are going to try to help us win this game."

Ainge: Adding players 'sometimes messes up your chemistry’

Ainge: Adding players 'sometimes messes up your chemistry’

With the NBA trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the Celtics will have to turn to the buyout market if they are looking to make changes to their roster.

Talking to CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely, Danny Ainge explained why signing players who have  been bought out can be a risky move for a team like the Celtics.

“We’ll weigh each guy that comes on the market and see if that can be a boost to our team,” explained Ainge. “At the same time, I like our team. Bringing in new players sometimes messes up your whole chemistry, and it shifts somebody into a different role that they’re not accustomed to doing. You better know what you’re getting.

“We brought in Michael Finley, Sam Cassell. . . PJ Brown turned out to be a very good asset to us. Most of the time it sort of disrupts things. At the end of the year you go, ‘wow, we probably shouldn’t have done that.’ Even though on paper it looked like a great acquisition, it wasn’t as good as everyone thought it would be.”

Isaiah Thomas 'didn’t mean to shake the internet' with emojis

Isaiah Thomas 'didn’t mean to shake the internet' with emojis

BOSTON --  Isaiah Thomas has been a major draw on the floor most of this season which is what you expect from a 5-foot-9 guard who is a two-time All-Star.

And while his game is usually what sets him apart, it was a pair of social media messages that sent the NBA world abuzz with what many thought was a coded message regarding a Boston Celtics trade.

As it turned out, the Celtics decided to stand pat at the trade deadline with a roster that’s getting healthier. But that didn’t address what many were wondering.

What was up with those emoji eyeballs, something Thomas had not tweeted since last summer around the time Boston landed Al Horford.

Thomas wasn’t trying to pass along any free agent clue or anything of the like, he said.

“I was watching a TV show,” Thomas said.

He also posted one of an hour glass.

“Time is ticking man,” Thomas said.

Thomas had no idea that what he thought was a seemingly harmless tweet, would generate so much attention and speculation afterwards about the Celtics who were once again square and center in the trade rumor mill.

“I didn’t (know) until I did it and then I realized the whole world was talking,” said Thomas, grinning after the team’s first practice following the all-star break on Wednesday. “I didn’t mean to shake the internet like that. I didn’t mean to do that to y’all.”