Damian Lillard explains why facing Golden State is now so different

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The Portland Trail Blazers face the Golden State Warriors tonight in what is a repeat on the Western Conference semi-finals.

However, the Blazers, who have retained the majority of their team from last season, will be facing a new-look Warriors, who are still struggling with their new identity.

We've all seen it, and Portland star Damian Lillard is no different, the Dubs are missing rim protection ever since Andrew Bogut was offloaded to make room for Kevin Durant, and the point guard spoke about how that can be used to the Blazers' advantage when the two meet.

"It’s not the same," Lillard said of the Warriors’ defence. "They are a great offensive team and I think they will still be a good defensive team, but it’s different than when (Andrew) Bogut is not back there. It’s just not the same.’

"Watching their game against New Orleans, watching their game against Phoenix -- both teams attacked the paint a lot. They were attacking rim, attacking the rim, and it kept both teams in the game, so we have to do the same thing.

"It’s different when you don’t have a guy like Andrew Bogut in that paint. He controlled that paint really well for them on the backside of that defense, so (in that preseason game) I felt good about getting to the rim."

The Warriors have improved to 2-1 following their embarrassment at the hands of San Antonio, however, they are still yet to really blow anybody away. Portland will fancy their chances, like most NBA teams do right now.

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