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The NBA Skinny will take a look around the league and highlight news and information, coach-speak and major storylines, good or bad stats, and anything else relevant to fantasy basketball each and every Tuesday over the course of the season. We’re taking a look at the upcoming h2h playoffs this week. The schedule (quantity of games and matchup ease) is something that you can’t ignore in your attempt to prepare yourself for a successful championship run, but you also don’t want to overemphasize it. Your add/drops should still depend largely on your team build and categorical strengths and weaknesses, but knowing that one player has more games or more favorable matchups than another can help you make a higher-quality transaction when it’s time to win or go home.
Had the New York Knicks continued apace, the upcoming offseason would have seen the team with only around $40 million in payroll commitments for the 2011-12 season. This would have included promising center Timofey Mozgov (notes) , wingman Danilo Gallinari (notes) and solid point guard Raymond Felton (notes) . It would have been complicated, but the team could have signed Carmelo Anthony (notes) . And, depending on the rules of the new collective-bargaining agreement, it could have done it for a little more than half of what he's now set to earn next season. As it stands now, the team will be on the hook for nearly $20 million more than the figure listed above.
We take a closer look at the Buzz Index leaders a few days before the start of the default h2h playoffs... • Friday's most added players (as of 3pm PT): Tracy McGrady (notes) , GF, DET - T-Mac was back in a big way Wednesday (35 minutes, 15 points, 2 threes, 7 boards, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 block). Whether or not he continues to start ahead of Stuckey will be up to John Kuester, who said he's "looking to mix and match all the time." You are on your own when it comes to making prognostications for any/all Pistons outside of Greg Monroe (notes) . Ty Lawson (notes) , PG, DEN - Things looked sketchy for Lawson immediately after Raymond Felton (notes) arrived but he's now averaged 17 points on 49-percent shooting, 1.3 threes, 8.5 assists, and 1.8 steals in 33 minutes over the past four games.
• Rudy Gay (notes) underwent a Monday MRI on his ailing left shoulder and delivered this message shortly thereafter: "I hate bad news." He's going to need another week (or two) of rehab and then will be re-evaluated. This is unfortunate but perhaps not surprising, given that he was dealing with pain during any sudden movements just two days ago . Gay becomes a bit more expendable with this news, even to those of you currently on a bye, so natually the consideration becomes which player to add.
come on rudy gay i need you for the playoffs. by Mar 15
NEW YORK – Isiah Thomas has privately grumbled the world hasn’t given him his due as de facto street agent for the New York Knicks , that there were no bouquets for his imaginary recruitment of Amar’e Stoudemire (notes) and Carmelo Anthony (notes) . He has brokered his bull on Knicks owner James Dolan, on the false prophecy that Chris Paul (notes) is a wide-eyed teenager eventually willing to come out of love and loyalty to his childhood idol. From immortal player to NBA president, GM and coach, Thomas has completed his transformation into a two-bit AAU middleman peddling contrived influence to a sad, lonely delusional Dolan. Thomas is taking his hat off to himself today, on his way to getting Florida International’s backend kicked at Western Kentucky. Isiah Thomas has continued to wield considerable influence with Knicks owner James Dolan since he was fired.