Kevin Durant made his debut for the Golden State Warriors in their preseason opener against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night in Vancouver, and while this offseason’s prized acquisition struggled to find his jumper, we saw brief glimpses of how devastating the Warriors will be in the Raptors’ 97-93 victory.
Durant missed his first four shots before finally recording his first field goal with the Warriors, a wide-open dunk thanks to a little cherry-picking. The new Warriors star finished with nine points on just 2-of-9 shooting, but his other basket was a trailer three-pointer that was part of a run featuring the new-look “Death Lineup” featuring Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green.
Durant got several other open looks that he simply couldn’t knock down, but that’s something that won’t happen often once he settles in and gets comfortable with his new team. He added four rebounds, three assists and a block, although he also turned the ball over three times in his 18-plus minutes of action.
The Warriors as a team were quite sloppy, as they racked up turnovers. One of those turnovers looked pretty cool, though:
Iguodala and Curry hooked up for a real highlight a bit later:
Speaking of Curry, the two-time reigning MVP had a mostly quiet night outside of that pass, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting. Thompson, who many feel will have to sacrifice the most out of the Warriors’ stars, didn’t sacrifice anything on this night, firing up 13 shots and 11 three-pointers. He led Golden State with 16 points. None of KD/Curry/Klay/Dray played in the second half.
DeMarre Carroll led the Raptors with points in minutes, a good sign after Carroll struggled with injuries for much of last season. DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross both added 11 points in the victory.
A pair of rookies played well, with Raptors forward Pascal Siakam racking up nine points and eight rebounds, while Warriors guard Patrick McCaw contributed 11 points, five steals and four assists.