NBA star Isaiah Thomas' sister killed in car accident
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 8:52
The Celtics play the Chicago Bulls on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.
A league source told Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald that Isaiah Thomas did not find out about his sister's death until after Saturday's practice.
Who: Chicago Bulls (41-41) vs. Jimmy Butler made sure the wait for a playoff victory was a short one.
WIZARDS 114, HAWKS 107: John Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his National Basketball Association postseason debut to help Washington beat visiting Atlanta in Game 1.
Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas tragically lost his 22-year-old sister in a single-car crash in Washington early Saturday morning.
Jimmy Butler has endured a public airing of the team's dysfunction in the regular season centered on the internal conflict between the younger players and veterans. It's comforting for them when they know you have guys that you can go to that are going to make the right decision, that are going to get fouls late in games and make the free throws, make big shots. But we executed extremely well. He was carried by his own established routine of excellence, which has enabled a 5-9 point guard who was the No. 60 pick of the 2011 National Basketball Association draft to become a two-time All-Star who averaged 28.9 ppg this season.
That offense from Wall, Beal and Morris was enough to offset 25 points from Atlanta's Dennis Schroder and 19 from Paul Millsap, who wasn't pleased with Washington's physicality and exchanged words with Morris going into halftime. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he expected what is usually a high-energy Boston arena to be filled with even more emotion Sunday. "Obviously, you have some teams that have won that said you don't need it, as well". "They're a really good team, especially with Dwyane Wade back".
Rondo said they wanted to be aggressive.
Game 2 in the first-round series is Tuesday night in Boston. He dropped 23 second-half points, and he put this team on his back when they needed him the most.
Later, Thomas had a scary moment when he was hit on his left hand on a 3-point attempt before landing awkwardly on it. But with two quick 3-pointers and a layup by Butler, Chicago stayed in the mix. It was part of a stretch in which he scored seven straight points.
Celtics fans rallied behind Thomas, showering him with a deafening cheer when he was introduced. It's why the Celtics were "only" favored by 6.5 points in this game (the Warriors were favored by 15 points over the Blazers, for example). Portis played the type of game he knew he would on one of the game's biggest stages.
So Robin Lopez (11 rebounds, eight of which were offensive) and Butler (six offensive boards) spent Sunday tossing Celtics out of their way and securing every loose ball.