Isaiah Thomas is set to play Game 2

Isaiah Thomas was met with a deafening cheer from the crowd when he returned to the court for the Boston Celtics on Sunday night, just one day after his sister was killed in a auto accident. This is a team that expected to be riding a big wave of momentum. The top seed Boston Celtics took an L at the TD Garden on Sunday night (106-102).

But how he was able to lock in down the stretch was no surprise to his coach. "I think that one of the things that I've learned, having been through situations in the past is that there's really no right or wrong answer". He then made a pair of free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining to push the lead back to one again. "We're the No. 1 seed, and then they say we're one of the worst No. 1 seeds". "That's what you hope you have in a team, but it's probably not always the case".

Playing a day after 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a auto accident in their home state of Washington, Thomas led the top-seeded Celtics with 33 points.

Thomas attended the team's film session and short walk-through Monday, but did not speak with the media. Celtics can't rely on Isaiah Thomas because teams could lock him down plus Isaiah probably wouldn't even play in Game 2, so other guys should definitely step-up to make a threat to the Bulls. Thomas, in sweatpants, stood at halfcourt talking to Stevens.

The NBA Playoffs have officially started and all playoff teams played their first game. Smith had cancer and his condition had worsened.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas gets a hug from guard Avery Bradley. The two grew up outside Seattle and played AAU ball together. While the camera didn't capture his voice, it's obvious what this kid had said. Isaiah, to me, is like family, ' Bradley said. "It's a weird time to happen, but I have no doubt in my teammates, I have trust in them, and we have to bounce back".

Still, there is basketball to be played.

Chyna Thomas was a huge figure in her brother's life and his entire family was shocked by this sudden loss. I mean, I don't know how this night's gonna turn out, but to be sitting on the sideline a few minutes before the game crying, that makes me uncomfortable for him. "It's going to also carry the city".

Late in the second quarter Wade intercepted an errant pass by Thomas but got hung on the front of the rim as he attempted a dunk on the fast break.

"He's trying his best to compartmentalize when he's here to work on what he needs to work on, but I'm sure that's hard", Stevens added.

"Shump was unbelievable", coach Tyronn Lue said. "This is a sanctuary being on the basketball court".

  • Julie Sanders