Olympics 2012: Which Team USA Basketball Players Are Under the Most Pressure?

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Olympics 2012: Which Team USA Basketball Players Are Under the Most Pressure?
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Pressure? What pressure?

If Team USA is feeling any heat about bringing home more basketball gold from the 2012 London Olympics, they certainly aren't letting on about it. They're currently leading the Olympic field in just about every statistical category, including scoring—121.3 points per game, well ahead of the 86 points Argentina and Spain have mustered—and have beaten their three opponents so far by an average of 51.7 points per contest.

Of course, those numbers were boosted by Thursday's 156-73 thrashing of lowly Nigeria, giving all those gullible folks who fell for those e-mails from African princes a modicum of poetic justice.

But while Team USA remains the clear favorite to capture the shiniest of medals, there's still no guarantee that they'll come through. What's more, any slip-up would be considered cause for alarm.

That's to be expected, though, for a team that's lost once since Mike Krzyzewski took over as the head coach of Team USA in 2006.

As such, the Americans won't be off the proverbial hook until they return to the states with Olympic plunder around their necks. These three superstars, in particular, will need to come up big, lest they subject themselves to an additional smattering of jeers when the NBA season tips off this fall.

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