BOSTON – The status of Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas for Sunday’s Game 1 matchup against the Chicago Bulls is unclear after his sister was killed in a one-car accident on Saturday morning.
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Chyna J. Thomas, 22, died in a one-car accident on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Wash., according to the Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune.
“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” read a statement released by the Celtics Saturday night. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Celtics organization are with Isaiah and his family.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Chyna Thomas, sister of Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics. pic.twitter.com/iPOFte2jzM— NBA (@NBA) April 16, 2017
According to the Washington State Patrol, she died at the scene of the accident which occurred around 5 a.m. Saturday.
The Tribune report indicated that her car, a 1998 Toyota Camry, was being driven normally at first.
“All of a sudden it started to drift very casually onto the left shoulder,” State Patrol spokesman Trooper Nick King said.
It eventually hit a side barrier.
“That vaulted the vehicle head-on into the sign post,” King said.
Boston is scheduled to play the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of their first-round matchup on Sunday. It is unclear if the two-time All-Star who led the East in scoring this season (28.9 points per game), will suit up in what would surely be an emotionally charged game.