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Charles Barkley explains USA's big problem at Rio 2016

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Team USA have stumbled to a 5-0 record so far in the Olympic Games and across the pond nerves are beginning to set in ahead of their quarterfinals clash with Argentina - the nation responsible for their darkest day at Athens 2004. 

Despite being unbeaten, three close games with Australia, Serbia and France have highlighted the limitations within the roster. Far from the all-conquering days of 2008 and 2012, the USA look like a team that can be beaten. 

Charles Barkley, a man who's never shy to voice his opinion, has criticised the team competing under the US flag in Brazil, claiming there are too many ball dominant players and the team is playing too much isolation basketball.

"It's not a good team to put together," Barkley told Sports360AZ.com. "If you take away DeAndre Jordan, every guy on that team is a ball-dominant guy. You see them playing a lot of one-on-one basketball.

"That's the thing I've noticed more than anything. Like, you have to understand when you put a team together like that, you have to have some role players.

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"You take a guy like Kyle Lowry, who is a hell of a player, he wants to score. Kyrie [Irving] wants to score. Kevin [Durant] wants to score. DeMar [DeRozan] wants to score. So, I think they have been really stagnant offensively.

"When they put that team together in the future, they have to realise we can't have just really, really great offensive players. They gotta have players that if they don't get a shot, they're not just gonna stand around and mope."

It's a point of view that has been echoed by a number of journalists and pundits over the past week and it's nigh on impossible for the US to change a style of play they have relied on throughout their careers. 

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Despite the shaky performances - which in many ways have made for a much interesting competition in South America - the American's are still heavy favourites to win their fourth consecutive gold medal. 

Anything less would be a disaster. 

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