Olympic Basketball 2012: USA vs. Spain Preview

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Olympic Basketball 2012: USA vs. Spain Preview
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The last time USA and Spain met in the Olympics, the United States pulled out a thrilling 118-107 gold-medal-game victory, while receiving a tremendous fight from the determined Spanish squad.  

This time around, the Spaniards are looking to win gold and will work to use their size against the Americans. The Spaniards are led by NBA stars Pau and Marc Gasol, who present tremendous size, strength and rebounding ability, areas the smaller U.S. squad don't excel in. 

The Americans are poised to win another gold medal with help from three of the game's best players: Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Coach Mike Krzyzewski is banking on his smaller but more athletic unit to pressure the basketball, causing havoc for opposing teams all game long.  

With an international tune-up game before London 2012 scheduled for Tuesday, now is the time to take a closer look at the matchup between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the world. 

Here is a breakdown of Team USA vs. Team Spain as they prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games.  

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