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Sport Emotional Thomas takes court for Celtics' playoff opener

02:08  17 april  2017
02:08  17 april  2017 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas took the floor to a deafening cheer for the Boston Celtics ' playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, just a day after his sister was killed in a car accident. It was part of an emotional night for All-Star point guard who had 33-point

© Provided by thecanadianpress.com BOSTON - Isaiah Thomas took the floor to a deafening cheer for the Boston Celtics ' playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, just a day after his sister was killed in a car accident. It was part of an emotional night for All-Star point guard who had

Apr 10, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden. © Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Apr 10, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden. Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is playing in Sunday's Game 1 against Chicago - one day after his 22-year-old sister, Chyna, was killed in a car crash in Washington.

Before the game, Thomas was understandably emotional. When the Celtics were having their pregame shootaround, Thomas had to step away as he was overcome with emotion. His teammate, Avery Bradley, was right there by his side.

Bradley and Thomas' friendship extends back to their childhood in Washington. He joined Thomas on the bench to console his teammate.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told the media on Sunday that Thomas was struggling, but he expected the star guard to play.

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