Warriors flex defensive strength as Draymond Green stuffs Blazers' hopes

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Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports takes a look at the four postseason matchups in the West.
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OAKLAND — It wasn’t a fair fight, this opening game of the first round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the eighth-seeded Portland Trailblazers that ended with 121-109 win at Oracle Arena for the NBA’s latest super team.

But we knew that would be the case  in early October, when Oakland’s own Damian Lillard wasn’t afraid to share his view of the controversial way in which the Warriors came to be. Two months after Kevin Durant decided to leave Oklahoma City behind and join the Warriors in free agency, and six months before the Warriors would run roughshod over the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, the always-candid Blazers star shared his perspective on the matter.

“I wouldn’t do it,” Lillard, whose Blazers had the NBA’s second-best record in the final 27…

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