Charles Barkley Was "Uncomfortable" Seeing Isaiah Thomas Cry

National Basketball Association players offered their support on social media for Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who played in Boston's playoff opener Sunday afternoon, one day after the death of his sister. Stevens says that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 in Chicago.

Game Two is on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Chicago prevailed on an emotional night in Boston, as Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas played the day after his younger sister, Chyna, was killed in a auto crash.

Crowder also agreed with the suggestion that the team may have been swayed by the emotion of Game 1, and Thomas' decision to play in front of a wildly supportive crowd - at least until the team hurtled towards a loss in the second half.

"Whatever he needs to do, he needs to do, and we'll help in any way", Stevens said, via Chris Mannix of The Vertical. "But we were together for some film, some walkthrough and we'll be back together tomorrow. I think he's as good as he can be".

- Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 17, 2017Brad Stevens on the C's: "I'm not only proud of the effort, but the way they supported [Isaiah]. That's what you hope you have in a team".

One of Thomas' closest friends on the team is guard Avery Bradley.

"Isaiah, to me, he's family", Bradley said. "We're not going to know how we respond until we get on the floor". Going about "business as usual" isn't always the right thing in the face of tragedy, is what Barkley was saying. We knew he was hurting, and it's not easy, and we have a lot of respect for him. And I think that we're here, again, as a support.

"We're never going to make excuses, but this is hard", Celtics center Al Horford told reporters. During a brief clip from Inside The NBA, the controversial sports analyst said Thomas' crying made him "uncomfortable".

"It takes a lot of [guts] for somebody to go through that and still be able to come out and perform at a high level". But we tried to put that behind us and fight for him.

Game 1: Butler scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter - including 10 straight - and Robin Lopez hauled in eight of Chicago's 20 offensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler missed the free throw following the technical.

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