This past Saturday a tragic accident happened to Isiah Thomas and his family. Isaiah Thomas sister, Chyna Thomas was killed in a car accident the day before the Celtics first round game against the Chicago Bulls. This was shocking news to the Thomas family and everyone around the league, fans, players and organizations. Isaiah still played in Sunday’s game with a heavy heart for his sisters passing. Fans and players were very kind and supportive of Isaiah before, during and after the game. The Celtics had a moment of silence for the Thomas family before the game started. Usually Isaiah is the hype man for the Celtics but you could obviously tell that he wasn’t the same player o
n the court.
Both teams were feeling for Isaiah but when the ball tipped off all friendships and the mourning came to a halt. Isaiah scored 33 points in Sunday’s matchup but the Celtics fell short to the Bulls taking the first game in the series. As expected Isaiah did not show up and refused any post-game interviews. Many reporters and NBA analysis tipped their hats to Isaiah’s decision to play. The issue going forward is the struggle and the sinking in of what occurred. Isaiah will need more and more support as the series goes on. The sadness will continue to grow as he goes home, goes to the funeral and sees all of his family and friends there that will make the emotions grow and make the comeback harder and harder. The Celtics organization and the fans will have to support Isaiah in and out of the gym to have their leader take them to the next playoff series.
I can only imagine the turmoil that Isiah is going through. He is an icon in Boston and a leader for the Celtics. He will not be able to beat the Bulls by himself in his certain situation. He will need more and more support as everything starts to sink in. Prayers go out to the Thomas family and Isaiah especially as he performs in front of thousands of people that are counting on him to lead his team to victory.