MIAMI — Make no mistake: The Miami Heat noticed Anthony Davis Tuesday night.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra compared the Pelicans star to former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson.
Heat forward LeBron James said that “everything is clicking right now for Anthony Davis.”
And Heat guard Dwyane Wade was even more effusive in his praise.
“In the first half, (Davis) had seven offensive rebounds and caused a lot of problems,” Wade said after the Heat’s 107-88 win. “He is long and active. If he stays healthy, he is going to have an unbelievable career. He is only scratching the surface with how good he is going to be.”
Davis, who entered the game averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds, had 22 and 12 against the Heat. He also had three steals and two blocks.
“(In the first half), I tried to finger-roll it on the other side of the rim, and (Davis) still blocked it,” Wade said. “You have to always be aware of where he is on the court.”
The Heat obviously did that in the second half, when Davis — who leads the NBA in blocks — did not get any additional rejections.
Davis also had just six points in the second half, which is when the Heat made its charge.
Still, Spoelstra was impressed.
“Every time we tried putting the ball on the floor, he was poking it away,” he said. “There’s nothing he can’t do on the court. He blocks shots, alters shots, grabs offensive rebounds — you can see the skill level.
“He can shoot and catch and go off a drive. We tried to keep him on the perimeter and have to defend situations, get him moving. But that is easier said than done. He is a great talent.”