Battle-ready Warriors

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

The Golden State Warriors won their first game of the season on Friday night, a 122-105 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers, but Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell certainly will not take them lightly when the California outfit touches down this afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.

The Warriors are a freewheeling, high-energy scoring machine. Despite a record of 1-6, the Warriors lead the NBA in points per game (109.28), while shooting 46% from the floor.

"They're tough, man. They're just so talented. They score the ball so well," Mitchell said. "Baron Davis is just a beast. Al Harrington is playing well, they get Stephen Jackson back and (Andris) Biedrens, and all those guys.

"And they don't have a conscience," Mitchell added. "The tough thing about that team, they can get you down. But the good thing about it is, you're never really out of the game because they're not going to change the way they play."

The Warriors are giving up a league-worst 116.28 points per game.

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Raptors starting centre Rasho Nesterovic had an MRI done on his sprained right ankle on Friday and is expected back within a week, although he surprised Mitchell by jogging up and down the side of the court after practice yesterday.

A couple of journalists made a crack that the lumbering Nesterovic actually was running at full speed.

"Almost," said Mitchell, with a laugh. "That's about 80%."

Forward Joey Graham, who was placed on the inactive list on Nov. 4 with a strained left quad, is still about a week away from rejoining his team.


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