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Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski believes his side are well placed to romp to gold in Rio

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A primed and ready Team USA flew out to Rio on Tuesday ready to meet their own tall expectations at the 2016 Olympics and secure a third gold medal in a row.

In the previous two Olympics, Team USA went 16-0 under coach Mike Krzyzewski, with two gold medals to show for his efforts.

In the run up to their endeavours in Brazil, they've controlled and dominated their opponents to a 43-point average margin of victory.

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If a team fell to that kind of gap in the NBA, that franchise would be licking their wounds for a mighty long time. There is no question Team USA look ready to go.

Coach K is heading into his last Olympics before San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich assumes control of the team, but the 69-year-old insists his team are in excellent shape as the Games approach.

"They are in a good position, and just to get to know one another, I think it's helped us," Team USA coach Krzyzewski said after Monday's final exhibition game, yet another convincing 110-66 victory, this time over Team Nigeria. "People [ask] what challenges you live by when you win by 40 or 30 points. [I'd] rather have those questions than you eked it out by eight. Hopefully, we can keep that going. The competition is going to get better, really good."

Nigeria v United States - USA Basketball Showcase

It's been well documented that superstars like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and many others opted not to represent the Stars and Stripes this summer, but Team USA still has plenty of top calibre players at their disposal regardless.

Kevin Durant is arguably the finest of them all and the 2014 MVP has painted a picture of just how great it is to be a part of this current crop of talent.

"I've been having fun, and now we're at a different level of having fun," Durant said. "It's been sweet here. Everything is easy when you feel like you have so many guys who you can rely on and lean on. Every time you get here, you don't have to worry about anything. Coach K does a great job of protecting us. USA does a great job of protecting us as a group. It's easy, and it's fun."

The U.S. enter the Rio Olympics as runaway favourites to secure gold once again; will that be the case? Or could another Athens embarrassment loom large?

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