The Warriors open preseason play – and Kevin Durant makes his first game appearance with his new teammates – Saturday afternoon, when they face the Toronto Raptors at Rogers Arena.
In addition to Durant, fellow veterans Zaza Pachulia and David West also will be making their debut as Warriors.
4:30 PDT on NBA TV.
Warriors by 3.5
The Warriors projected starters are Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson at guard, Draymond Green and Durant at forward and Pachulia at center.
The Raptors projected starters are Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan at guard, DeMarre Carroll and Jared Sullinger at forward and Jonas Valanciunas at center.
Though coach Steve Kerr says all healthy players likely will enter the game, none is scheduled to go much longer than about 20 minutes.
Warriors: Non-roster invitees Cameron Jones (R pectoral surgery) and Elliott Williams (R knee surgery) are listed as out.
Raptors: G Delon Wright (R shoulder surgery) is listed as out.
This is the third consecutive season the Raptors have opened preseason play in Vancouver, with victories in the previous two games.
“The practices have gone well, which means it doesn’t look like a brand new team. Two years ago here, it was chaos the first few days. I was really worried. That we have eight returning guys means that everybody kind of knows our drills and knows what we’re doing. So practices have been smooth and fresh because of the new blood that’s here. But we’ve got a long way to go to really incorporate our offense.” – Kerr, on the week leading up to the exhibition opener