Isaiah Thomas 'Struggling' After Sister's Death, Plays in Game 1 vs. Bulls

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2017

A family tragedy is weighing heavily on Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.

Head coach Brad Stevens provided an update Sunday, per the team's Twitter account:

Thomas would end up starting the game and honored his sister with his shoes:

Thomas' sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a single-car accident Saturday.

The crash took place in Washington, but Thomas has remained with the team in Boston.

The Celtics hosted the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of a best-of-seven first-round playoff series Sunday evening.

Thomas ranked third in the NBA during the regular season with 28.9 points per game and also led Boston in assists with 5.9 per game.

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