Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is said to be "in a state of shock" following the death of his sister, 22-year-old Chyna Thomas, in a one-car accident early Saturday morning in Federal Way. Wash.
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The Boston Herald quoted a league source who said Thomas was told of the tragedy after Saturday's practice. The newspaper also reached Thomas's father, James Thomas, at his home in Tacoma, Wash., who said his son hadn't yet made a decision when to travel to the West Coast, though The Boston Globe reported Thomas plans to stay in Boston for Game 1 of the Celtics-Bulls playoff series on Sunday. ESPN reported Thomas plans to play.
"It's a crucial time for our family right now," said the elder Thomas.
The Herald also reported that Celtics coach Brad Stevens was one of the first visitors to Isaiah Thomas's home after news of the accident was received.
The Globe quoted a source close to the family as saying Chyna Thomas's death "[still] doesn’t seem real. . . Absolutely devastating."
Chyna Thomas, according to the Globe, is the daughter of Thomas’s father, James, and stepmother, LaNita.