Sport Emotional Thomas takes court for Celtics' playoff opener

02:08  17 april  2017
02:08  17 april  2017 Source:   For The Win

Watch an emotional Isaiah Thomas get introduced in Boston before Game 1 vs. Bulls

  Watch an emotional Isaiah Thomas get introduced in Boston before Game 1 vs. Bulls Isaiah's sister died in a car accident on Saturday

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For the Boston Celtics , home court is very important to them as players like Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, and especially Isaiah Thomas could all catch fire at any time. The Cavaliers will have to play on the road to take on the Clippers, Spurs, and Celtics .

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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