Mar 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Keep ‘Em Separated

What do you do when you have two primary scorers in the same starting lineup?

You keep ’em separated.

Pertaining to Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, Jeff Hornacek has done a brilliant job.

This isn’t to suggest the two of them can’t play together. They surely can and they surely need to. When it comes down to crunch time — as so many NBA games do — Melo and KP, along with the rest of the starting lineup need to make sure things are clicking.

We now know, however, that once the midway point of the first quarter hits, one of the two scoring studs will be leaving the game shortly.

Hornacek will need to continue this trend to allow both guys to act as the focal point of the offense for long stretches of the game. It doesn’t just allow KP to grow as a scorer, it forces it to go down that way.