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The Golden State Warriors have won the last two NBA championships and three of the last four. Coach Steve Kerr’s squad entered play Friday night at 44-20, the third-best record in the league behind Milwaukee (49-16) and Toronto (46-19).
However, their streak won’t be extending to three straight and it won’t be four titles in a five-year span, according to former Magic and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.
“I don’t think the [Warriors] are going to win it this year,” he told ESPN’s The Jump on Friday.
“I don’t. I think whoever comes out of the Eastern Conference will win it.”
Van Gundy, who guided Orlando to the 2009 NBA Finals, pointed to the Warriors’ defense as the reason for his bold takes.
“Golden State and what Draymond Green said, they haven’t defended all year, they’re falling into bad habits and their defense continues to slide,” he said.
“They can’t necessarily just turn it on. I know they’ll be tough to beat because of their offense.”
Van Gundy doubled down on his belief the team that comes out of the East will hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy come June.
“I think this is the year someone is gong to take them down,” he said. “I think anybody coming out of the East can beat them.”
“Obviously, Milwaukee are my favorites because of what they’ve done, not only because of their best record, but because they’re a top-three team at both ends of the floor,” he said. “Those numbers work.
“They look like a championship team.”