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Celtics: Isaiah Thomas will play Game 2 against Bulls then join family in Seattle

Isaiah Thomas

Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas stands by himself during team introductions before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Isaiah Thomas, playing with a heavy heart after the death of his sister in a car crash, scored 33 points the Celtics’ Game 1 loss to the Bulls yesterday.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 2 against the Bulls Tuesday night at TD Garden then travel to Seattle to be with his family following the death of Thomas’ sister, who was killed in a car crash Saturday.
“Whatever he needs to do, he needs to do, and we’ll help in any way,” Stevens said. “If he needs to and wants to stay here, then we’ll be here surrounding him. And if he wants to go to Seattle, then he should go to Seattle. It’s his call; and should be.”

I can’t even imagine what Thomas is going through – dealing with this grief while on the biggest stage of his career. Good for the Celtics for doing whatever they can to accommodate him, but there’s no way to make this easy.

Though this obviously isn’t the primary concern, he’ll be instrumental in Boston’s chances of evening the series. The Celtics outscored Chicago by 12 with him on the court yesterday and got outscored by 16 when he sat. Boston is so reliant on Thomas offensively, especially late.