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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas dealing with tough times, travel before Game 1 vs. Wizards

Celtics' Isaiah Thomas dealing with tough times, travel before Game 1 vs. Wizards

The unfortunate situation involving a death in the family for Celtics star point guard Isaiah Thomas continues, as following Boston's series clinching win over the Bulls on Friday night Thomas flew back to the state of Washington for the funeral of his late sister, Chyna.

Thomas will then have to fly all the back across the country to Boston for Game 1 on Sunday, which happens to be a very early start at 1 p.m. Thomas has already been dealing with unimaginable pain and emotion. Now he will have a very difficult travel schedule on top of it.

“Tomorrow is a lot more important than Sunday,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said, according to CSNNE. “It’s difficult (turnaround), but it’s a basketball game. He’ll be ready to play. And if he decides when he gets there it’s too much, that’s OK. That’s fine. This (being with his family) is a lot more important.”

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As Stevens says, Thomas is not going to miss any games. But this is clearly a very tough time for him.

Chyna died in a car accident on April 15, just one day before the Celtics began their playoff run against the Chicago Bulls. Thomas appeared in all six games of the Celtics-Bulls playoff series, but was fighting back tears before Game 1 and last week said that "mentally and emotionally, I'm not here."

The Wizards and Celtics having to pick back up so quickly after their Game 6 victories on Friday is not ideal for either team. But for Thomas, it's particularly challenging.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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