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To find another superstar scoring touch in every game of the U.S
To find another superstar scoring touch in every game of the U.S. Olympic NBA Dream Team undefeated in a visit on Friday in the semifinals against Argentina familiar foe made relatively easily.
But the defense of basketball champions are reluctant to South American team, a veteran lineup, the Olympic gold in 2004, won NBA San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili, NBA Houston Rockets big man Luis Scola.
"It would not be easy, so we got to come out and play hard from start to give it to us have a chance," said U.S. snipers Kevin Durant.
"There will be a Chippy game. We are a team as well as physical. We know what these people do, but we just concentrate on us."
The winner will be in gold medal final on Sunday against the winner of the second Friday in the semifinals, the reigning European champions Spain and Russia, which drive the Spaniards in a preliminary round upset matches.
The Americans edged Argentina 86-80 in a pre-Olympic exhibition last month, and rolled over them 126-97 in a group stage match last Monday.
In 2004, it was that Argentina upset the U.S. team in a semifinal, the end of the U.S. NBA dynasty, which was redesigned again in 2008 and beat the Argentine squad in a semifinal in Beijing on his way to gold to guarantee.
Said, "It is something of a rivalry," U.S. guard Chris Paul. "This is our third time playing in his last three weeks. We have to get out to a good start. We have to come and impose our will."
The U.S. team has been of slow start, annoyed, though in an Olympic record scored 156 points to Nigeria was to beat wildly, and saw a U.S. Olympic game record of 37 points for Carmelo Anthony and the first "triple double "11 points, 12 assists and 14 rebounds for Miami star LeBron James.
"LeBron was great. But he was great all the time," said U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski. "He's so unselfish. His rebounding and passing were incredible. He is the best basketball player right now."
James, Anthony, Durant and Kobe Bryant have each taken turns shooting hot-handed stripe in the second half to help grab command of games.
"We do not have any weaknesses," said Anthony.
But the American multi-millionaire lineup has seen times such as when Australia scored the first 11 points in the second half in a vulnerable 119-86 quarter-final loss.
"I think it's possible to beat the United States," Argentina's Juan Pedro Gutierrez said. "The victory is possible."
But, says the NBA Argentine Andres Nocioni, it will take immaculate standout.
"We have a perfect game to play. It's safe," he said. "They are an athletic team, they play hard. They are great shooters. Killed before Durant with us three. But it's five-on-five. Anything can happen."
Physical play helped the U.S. NBA stars take out of their game when the teams met last month, but in the rematch a blow to the groin by Anthony aroused the ire of the entire U.S. squad, helping them find their top form at the end.
And with the end almost in sight Gold Quest to warn Americans so dangerous that they have not played their best.
"It is scary that we can be better," U.S. Reserve Andre Iguodala said. "Many teams have reached their peak, and they are not likely to get better. If you take pictures, you know what you want to be.
"But with us, you can still get better, that's really scary. It's up to us to put forth the effort, knowing that if our defense is excellent on our offense."