Coach Mike Krzyzewski has led the United States men's basketball team to the gold medal game at the Rio Olympics this Sunday and the Stars and Stripes will face a Serbia side that gave them a mighty scare in the pools.
The eastern Europeans only lost to Team USA by three points when they first met in Brazil, but now with a gold medal on the line the stakes just got a whole lot higher.
Coach K's men haven't looked as dominant as the past two tournaments this time around, despite making it all the way to the final.
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When it comes to Serbia this Sunday in Rio, the head coach is looking for his players to maintain a laser-like focus and put in the extra work on defence.
"We’ve had at times a problem with how the game is administered and so we need to keep our focus on the play and not anything else," Krzyzewski said, via USA Basketball. "And how we defend them. They scored 91 points against us. So I think it starts with that. "
One of the players that Coach K has relied on to implement his ideas is veteran Carmelo Anthony. The 32-year-old is at his fourth Olympics and Krzyzewski insists his experience has had a massive impact on the rest of the roster.
"He’s tried to use his experience and he has instant respect with all the guys," Krzyzewski said. "His experience in what to say and what to do, it’s believed right away by the team and with so many new guys, 10 new Olympians, that’s helped a great deal."
Anthony will vie for his third gold medal in four attempts against Serbia.