Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 1 following sister's death
Isaiah Thomas will suit up amid tragedy. While the Boston Celtics point guard is "struggling," he intends to play in Sunday's first-round series opener versus the Chicago Bulls, head coach Brad Stevens announced.The contest comes just one day after Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a car accident.It was possible the 28-year-old would forego playing in the game to return to his hometown of Tacoma, Wash., to be with his family. Instead, the All-Star participated in Boston's walk-through and will be in the starting lineup for the 6:30 p.m. ET tip at TD Garden.
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Isaiah Thomas ' sister was killed in a car accident on Saturday morning. A witness said the car was traveling normally at first before it started drifting onto the left shoulder. The car went about 50 feet off the roadway before colliding with a Jersey barrier.
Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas’s younger sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a car accident in Washington state early Saturday morning, a source close to the family confirmed.
According to Washington State Patrol spokesman Nick King, the one-car crash involving Chyna Thomas’s 1998 Toyota Camry occurred at about 5 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Wash., which is about 15 miles northeast of Thomas’s hometown of Tacoma.
King said that two witnesses observed the car slowly veer onto a patch of grass on the left shoulder of the road before striking a cement structure. Chyna Thomas, 22, died at the scene of the accident, King said.
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Isaiah's sister died in a car accident on Saturday
With Isaiah Thomas ' 22-year-old sister dying in a one- car accident , Antonio Davis expresses his sympathy for the family and hopes Thomas does what' s best The sister of Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas was killed in a one- car crash early Saturday morning, according to Washington State police.
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“Still doesn’t seem real,” said the source close to the Thomas family. “Absolutely devastating.”
Chyna Thomas is the daughter of Thomas’s father, James, and stepmother, Lanita.
Isaiah Thomas took part in the Celtics’ practice on Saturday afternoon in advance of Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series against the Bulls, and was not aware of the accident at the time. As of Saturday night, Thomas was planning to stay in Boston for the game on Sunday, the source close to the family said.
“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” the Celtics said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Celtics organization are with Isaiah and his family.”
This season Thomas was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive year. He averaged 28.9 points and 5.8 assists per game and led the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
After Friday’s practice, he spoke excitedly about getting a fresh chance on the NBA’s biggest stage.
“I’m ready for it,” he said.
Isaiah Thomas loses tooth during Game 1 vs. Wizards .
The Boston Celtics got off to a rough start against the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday, but no one had a tougher time than Isaiah Thomas.Midway through the first quarter, Thomas had one of his front teeth knocked out. It happened on a play where he was trying to steal the ball from Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. and was elbowed in the face. Thomas calmly picked the tooth up off the floor and soldiered on.