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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas Stars In NBA Playoffs A Day After The Tragic Death Of His Sister

Celtics' Isaiah Thomas Stars In NBA Playoffs A Day After The Tragic Death Of His Sister
By Gavin Cooney Updated
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While tragedy is often said to put sport in perspective, it often does the opposite: in times of great strife, sport magnifies the best of human character. Boston Celtics point guard Isiah Thomas played against the Bulls last night, a day after his sister Chyna had been killed in a one-vehicle accident in Washington. She was killed when her Toyota Camry collided head-on with a sign-post. She was just 22.

In spite of such incomprehensible grief, Thomas decided to play for the Celtics against Chicago last night, in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs. He scored team-high 33 points in a remarkable performance, that was ultimately not enough to prevent a 106-102 defeat for Boston.

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Before the game, Thomas wept openly courtside, and was highly emotional when being introduced to the crowd ahead of the game:

He played nonetheless, in trainers bearing a message to his late sister.

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The entire arena rose to their feet when Thomas drained his first basket in the first quarter:

While ultimately Thomas' singular bravery did not avoid a narrow defeat, Thomas was heralded for his performance, with head coach Brad Stevens saying that Thomas is an "amazing, amazing, amazing player, an amazing person".

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