Updated 02:22 AM EDT, Sat, Sep 25, 2021

Golden State Warriors Reaps Victory Over Toronto Raptors in Preseason Game

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The Golden State Warriors proved that they are the reigning NBA champions after they beat the Toronto Raptors in a preseason game on Monday night.

According to NBA.com, the Warriors earned a 95-87 victory versus the Raptors, with Leandro Barbosa leading with 15 points. On the other hand, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson each contributed 14 points for the team.

"The Warriors shot 50.0 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three-point range, while combining for 29 assists," added the same report.

iSportsWeb observed that the power and capacity of the team remained in their opening game. It also noted that there were no changes in the lineup of players - Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut, Thompson, and Curry.

The players reportedly did not exceed 30 minutes of playing on the court. The reigning NBA champions were also able to limit their opponents to a 37.6 percent field goal shooting and forced 17 turnovers.

"Granted, Toronto was without sharp shooter Kyle Lowry and is still looking for ways to incorporate Demarre Carroll and Corey Joseph into an offense with three new assistant coaches, but Golden State does not look like a team that took a break this summer," noted iSportsWeb.

Head coach Luke Walton said in an SFGate report that his players prepared well for Monday's game.

"It's been such a great first week of training camp for them, and they've really done well at what we've asked of them. I'm excited to see what that looks like against another team," Walton added.

For his part, Green added that the team aims to improve on their performance.

"We're just looking to continue to grow and get better. Obviously, it will be good to go against someone other than ourselves. We're just going to come out and try to find a rhythm, and ... put some of the things we practiced into play," he added.

The Warriors are also expected to perform well despite coach Steve Kerr taking a leave of absence to recover from a recent back surgery.

ESPN said there is still no definite time frame on his return but sources revealed that he might be back during the opening of the regular season by the end of the month.

"After the first two days of training camp, I realized I need to take a step back and focus on my rehabilitation in order to be ready for the grind of another NBA season," Kerr said in a statement. "As I noted last week, my summer was difficult and no fun due to the multiple back surgeries. At this point, I simply want to get healthy and back to my normal daily routine on and off the court," Kerr said in the ESPN report.

The Warriors will face the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday for another preseason game.

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