Team USA are wary of their semi-final opponents Spain

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The United States men's basketball team have hardly set the world alight at the Rio Olympics thus far, but they are still the only undefeated team out of the 12 nations at the Finals.

Three straight nervy fourth quarters in pool play against Australia, Serbia and France has seen Team USA relinquish their unbeatable aura, but then their 105-78 victory over Argentina in the quarter-finals suggested that they might be back on the right track.

The 12-man roster has 10 first time Olympians - with only Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant returning -  and that fact has been speculated to play a part in their struggles. But, with a record of 6-0 in Brazil and a pending semi-final with Spain, maybe things aren't as bad as they seem.

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However, it's that upcoming duel with Spain that many believe may undo Team USA. The Europeans have faced the Stars and Stripes in the gold-medal match at the past two Olympic games and will be a stern test for Mike Krzyzewski's men.

Spain were dubbed 'too old' to trouble Team USA by large sections of the media before the tournament began, but Durant is always wary of them.

KD said of the Spaniards: "Just like the Spurs, you can count 'em out as much as you want, but they're always gonna be there."

"When have they not been?" Krzyzewski added. "They show up and show up big time. They have their key players from '08 and '12. Beating them would be a huge accomplishment for us."

Spain's fortunes could depend on the fitness of 36-year-old Pau Gasol, who is said to be struggling with a lingering calf injury. But, if the San Antonio Spurs man is able to play, he almost certainly will.

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