Boston Celtics player Isaiah Thomas suffered a tragic lost after his sister was killed in a car crash. A day after her passing, the NBA player hit the court for the first playoff game against the Chicago Bulls, and it was understandably an emotional one. More inside…
One day after losing his younger sister in a tragic car accident, Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas got suited to play in the first game of the 2017 NBA playoffs against the Chicago Bulls held at the TD Garden.
During pre-game warm ups, the All-Star point guard was visibly shaken up after losing his sister, crying on the sidelines. His teammate Avery Bradley went over to console him:
Isaiah’s sister Chyna Thomas, 22, passed away in a one-car crash on Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Washington around 5am on Saturday morning (April 15th). According to reports, his sister died at the scene of the crash and authorities said she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
“The witnesses observed the silver vehicle in the left lane just suddenly drift toward the left shoulder, leaving the roadway, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Nick King.
“Unfortunately at that point, (she) drove along a cement railing, a Jersey barrier which vaulted the vehicle up in the air, made it become airborne, and it struck a raised sign structure.”
Isaiah was informed about his sister’s passing during the Celtics’ afternoon practice on Saturday. After some deliberation, he decided to play in last night’s game.
Fighting through grief, the Celtics point guard lead the team onto the floor. He paid tribute to his sister, writing “R.I.P. Lil Sis,” and “I Love You” on his sneakers:
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The Celtics also had a moment of silence to remember Chyna Thomas before the game:
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After the game, Isaiah didn't do any post-game interviews, but several of teammates and Bills players showed support to their teammate:
Isaiah played a pretty good game putting up 33 points, but the Celtics were short of a win against the Bulls, 106-102. As of now, it's unclear if Isaiah will play in the next game.