In 2017 , Boston Celtics went into a game in playoffs against Chicago Bulls and this was not any other game for Isaiah Thomas, it was a game where just a day before his sister was killed in a car accident. It was an emotional night for the All star point guard who played his heart out with stats of 33-point, six assists and five rebounds in a 106-102 Game 1 loss to the Bulls.
The Celtics held a pregame moment of silence for Chyna Thomas, who died early Saturday in a one-car interstate accident in their home state of Washington. She was 22. Thomas was informed of her death following the team’s practice Saturday afternoon.
It was unclear if he’d play Sunday, and prior to the game TNT’s cameras captured teammate Avery Bradley comforting Thomas on the bench during the pregame shootaround. But Thomas led the team out of the tunnel when Boston took the floor for pregame warmups. He looked toward the rafters just before the tip-off.
On his shoes were written several messages, including “Chyna,” ”RIP Lil Sis” and “I love you.”
Thomas did not address the media afterward, but his teammates said emotion tailed him throughout the day.
It was truly an emotional game for him but he pressed on through the game and played incredibly like he always did.
This was just so touching and impressive ,how he didnt let circumstances stop him from wanting to perform well but he used that as a drive for him to play better just simply amazing.