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U.S. to play Olympic tuneups in Germany

Updated: January 23, 2004, 9:20 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and the rest of Team USA will prepare for the Summer Olympics with two exhibition games in Germany, giving the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki at least a small measure of consolation for not being able to join his American counterparts in Athens.

Call it a sliver.

Nowitzki considers leading his country to the Olympics his foremost basketball dream, but Germany -- one of the favorites at last summer's European Championships in Sweden -- failed to get out of ...

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