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Olympics: U.S. men’s basketball team seeking to bury Argentina
Men’s basketball » Teams stage rematch in Friday’s semifinals.


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Remembering Campazzo, he quickly smiled. "Not literally," he added.

The winner will take on either Spain or Russia, who meet in the first semifinal.

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Semfinal

USA vs. Argentina, Friday, 2 p.m.

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The Spaniards have been dogged by media suspicions that they intentionally lost their last preliminary game against Brazil in order to avoid the Americans until the final — that would comprise a rematch of the 2008 gold-medal game — and beat France 66-59 in an ugly quarterfinal marred by France’s Nicolas Batum viciously punching Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin in the final minutes.

"I wanted to give him a good reason to flop," Batum said.

Russia, meanwhile, beat Lithuania 83-74 in the quarterfinals behind resurgent former Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, who averages 18.3 points to rank fifth in the tournament, behind Ginobili and Scola, among others.

"It’s not going to be easy," Durant said. "We have to come out there and play hard from the beginning."

mcl@sltrib.com




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