Tom Oates


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.


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.

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