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USA vs. Argentina in the men's basketball London 2012 Olympic tournament takes place Friday. Tip off is at 4 p.m. ET and all the action can be watched online through live stream (details below).
The game marks the third straight Olympics that Team USA has faced off against Argentina in the men's basketball semi finals, and they will resume their fierce rivalry in Friday's encounter.
In the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Argentina came out on top, and went on to claim the gold medal. However, Team USA gained revenge in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and they too went on to win the gold medal. With recent meetings ending at one-a-piece this deciding game is likely to decide who will go on and earn the gold at this Olympic Games as well.
Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino of Argentina have served their national side wonderfully over the years but have certainly shown signs of their age in this tournament so far. But they are big name players who have come accustomed to delivering top class performances in the big games, and they are likely to try and hit this game with a bang in their final Olympic Games.
Certainly Argentina are not the force they once were eight years ago in Athens, and it took all their effort to overcome a mediocre Brazilian side 82-77 in their quarter final.
"We are getting older," Scola has said, according to the Washington Post. "We know we don't have two more Olympics. We may not have one more. This is a special chance for us."
Team USA on the other hand have barely broken a sweat in the tournament until now. Their worst enemy thus far has been themselves, and they have gone through some placid moments, losing concentration and not maintaining their intensity in some of their games. Nevertheless this is a side boasting the best of the NBA, and with players like Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James you can play mediocre and still win comfortably - and that's exactly what has happened until now.
But one thing is for certain, Argentina are not a side likely to be satisfied with just turning up to roll over, and they will be looking to capture their form-of-old and spring up the surprise of the tournament to beat Team USA.
USA vs. Argentina in the men's basketball London 2012 Olympic tournament tips off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking HERE.