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Isaiah Thomas Plays In Celtics Playoff Game Despite Sister’s Death

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas played in his team’s crucial playoff game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night before flying to Washington ahead of his sister’s funeral.

Thomas’ younger sister, Chyna, died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma. No funeral date is set for the 22-year-old, but Boston coach Brad Stevens said the entire team plans to attend with its star player.

Thomas decided he would take part in the pivotal game against the Bulls during a team practice on Monday, just hours after he emotionally took the floor for Game 1 of the series.

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Stevens talked to the media about Thomas’ decision before speaking about the team’s response to the tragedy.
‘I think the biggest thing is they really care about each other,’ he said.

‘It’s really tough when he’s sitting there and some of his family is back in Seattle… But I think the next extension of your family is who you’re around every day, and your team… They care about one another and they support one another.

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