Having secured the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics were heading into the postseason with a healthy roster and poised for a Finals run. However, just one day before their postseason opener against the Chicago Bulls, star, Isaiah Thomas, found out that his sister, Chyna, passed away.
Playing with a heavy heart, the Celtics would go down 0-2, losing their first two home games to the Bulls. Though, the Celtics would recover as they rallied behind Thomas to win four straight and eliminated the Bulls from playoff contention.
On Saturday, Thomas attended his sister’s funeral and had this to say, “When I found out the news I wanted to give up and quit,” Thomas said when coming up to speak at the podium. “And never in my life have I ever thought about quitting. I realized quitting isn’t an option. That’s the easy way out. I will keep going for my sister as I know she wouldn’t want me to stop. I love you Chyna and I miss you so much. And everything I do for the rest of my life will be for you. I love you, girl.”
Thomas flew back to Boston overnight, rejoining the team for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Wizards. Thomas scored 33 points to go with nine assists and five three-pointers during the Celtics 123-111 win.