The team with the league's best record attempted and made more 3-point shots than any other except Houston during the regular season.
Tom Oates has been part of the Wisconsin State Journal sports department since 1980 and became its editorial voice in 1996, traversing the state and country to bring readers a Madison perspective on the biggest sports stories of the day.
With the teams playing at noticeably different speeds, the Bucks blitzed the Raptors en route to a 25-point halftime lead and coasted to a 125-103 victory Friday night, holding serve at home and heading to Toronto up 2-0 in the best-of-seven conference final.
Rallying in the fourth quarter after shooting abysmally from 3-point range in the first three, the Bucks got the series off to the start they were looking for with a 108-100 win over the Raptors, a victory that was way harder than it looked.
Building a positive chemistry in the locker room and on the floor is something every NBA team aspires to but few accomplish. It's hard enough just to define chemistry in sports and it's even harder to achieve it, but the Bucks nailed it this season.
To some, the math is simple.
Until the Bucks' 116-91 dismantling of the Celtics Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum, their fourth straight victory after a series-opening loss, no one truly realized just how good they are.
Brewers pitchers were outstanding in a three-game sweep of the Mets that concluded with a 3-2 victory Sunday, a game in which Zach Davies, who opened the season as the No. 5 starter, established himself as the team’s ace.
The Packers' picks were rated extremely high in athletic ability, a strong indication that analytics have become a more important evaluation tool in Green Bay since Brian Gutekunst was named general manager in 2018.
Playing with a strength and sharpness that was absent in Game 1, Antetokounmpo pushed and prodded Milwaukee to a 123-102 victory over Boston, sending the Bucks to Boston with a 1-1 series tie and a renewed confidence that they can beat the Celtics on the road.
No one said the playoffs would be easy, but after dispatching Detroit with four consecutive routs in the first round, the Bucks played their worst game of the season in the opener against Boston.