“Mentally and emotionally I’m not here,” said Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas during Tuesday’s practice. “Man, I’m just taking it day by day. But I’m not here, man. It’s never going to be the same.”
These comments come just 10 days after Thomas’s younger sister Chyna Thomas died in a single car accident in Washington state.
The Celtics organization, the NBA and the fans have showed an outpour of support for Thomas and his family during this difficult time, but basketball has still continued.
Despite tragedy Thomas has still found a way to put the team on his back and tie the series 2-2 after being down 2-0. In Sunday’s game, Thomas played 31 minutes netting 33 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. After being down 20 points, the Bulls made an impressive third quarter comeback, until IT put the team on his back. The Celtics went on a 16-5 run with minutes left in the third. Thomas scored or assisted on all of the points giving the C’s a nine point lead going into the fourth.
Thomas has done it all for the Celtics all season and for such tragedy to occur, it puts things into perspective that your world can shift in a blink of an eye. Never forget how lucky you are and that everything is going to be OK.
Game 5 is tomorrow back in Boston. Tip-off at 8:30 PM on TNT.