Keep the floats parked

Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert and Toronto Raptors forward Jermaine O'Neal reach for a...

Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert and Toronto Raptors forward Jermaine O'Neal reach for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 29.(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET

Perhaps recalling the mania that gripped Toronto when the Leafs beat the Red Wings on opening night, Jermaine O'Neal had a caution for Raptor fans in the wake of beating Philadelphia on Wednesday.

"Don't get out the floats and get the parade ready," he said as the team prepared for its home opener tonight against Golden State. "We have a lot to do. We are a work in progress."

O'Neal thought he'd need plenty of tickets for family who are here or have flown in for the game.

"Let's see, my mother, my brother, my business manager, my chef and the nanny," he said. "About eight or nine for sure."

ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN

In the glow of victory, coach Sam Mitchell was willing to look past a terrible first quarter in Philadelphia where his team was out-rebounded 22-5.

"By playing zone defence we took (the Sixers) out from what they wanted to do," Mitchell said. "They had to take more (low-percentage) shots, but they just beat us on the boards."

WARRIORS REVAMPED

The Warriors come in with a new look.

Point guard Baron Davis went down the coast to the L.A. Clippers, leaving small forward Stephen Jackson as team leader. Corey Maggette, ex of the Clips, replaces Davis in the scoring department.

Coach Don Nelson, who signed a two-year, $12 million US extension on Wednesday, is banking on an undersized, up-tempo offence.

The Warriors had to audition more players at the point and change the look of their offence when $66 million guard Monta Ellis was knocked out for a few months due to a summer moped accident.

Power forward Al Harrington, who seems like he's been around forever, but is just 28 as he starts his 11th NBA season, has asked for a trade.


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