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It’s official, Isaiah Thomas will play for Celtics Tuesday night, then fly to Seattle to be with family

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)


Any decision Isaiah Thomas wanted to make in the wake of the death of his sister Chyna would have been okay with the Celtics, and any fan who has his/her priorities in order.

The Celtics had said he wanted to play Tuesday in Game 2 against Chicago in Boston, then fly home immediately afterward to be with family in Seattle. Coach Brad Stevens confirmed that on Tuesday night.

Much like over the weekend, Thomas will get a lot of support from the fans when introduced.

The Celtics and Bulls play again on Friday in Chicago, and Thomas has told the team he wants to rejoin them for the game. Stevens has said whatever memorial is planned for Chyna, he hopes team members will be able to be there and support Thomas.

Chyna Thomas, 22, died Saturday morning in a one-car accident on a freeway between Seattle and Tacoma when her vehicle drifted into the shoulder, then hit a barrier that flipped the car up and into a pole. She was pronounced dead at the scene.