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

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2017

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on March 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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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.