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.”
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.