Sunday's National Basketball Association playoffs: Bulls hold off grieving Celtics
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 21:23
Thomas scored 33 points in the Celtics' playoff-opening loss Sunday, one day after 22-year-old Chyna Thomas died in a single-car accident on an interstate?in their home state of Washington.
Thomas was brilliant on the court in Game 1, putting up 33 points and almost leading the Celtics back in the final seconds of a 106-102 loss. While the Chicago Bulls won in a close 106-102 match, Thomas finished with six assists and five rebounds in 38 minutes.
Wade noticed some parallels from Butler's performance in game one of their first-round playoff series against the Celtics and James, who along with Wade helped the Miami Heat stifle Derrick Rose and the Bulls in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals.
The News Tribune reported that Chyna Thomas was not wearing her seatbelt when the 1998 Toyota Camry she was driving drifted off the interstate and crashed into a barrier in Federal Way, Wash. During Monday's shootaround, TV cameras captured Bradley comforting a tearful Thomas on the bench. Isaiah's the one I feel like was the best. 'We grew up in the same area.
"In his free time, I know it's going to be painful, but I know if he's going to play today, it's going to be a relief for him". It says he's a true competitor.
Thomas attended the team's film session and short walk-through but did not speak with reporters.
The Chicago Bulls have a chance to take full control of this series (2-0) with another road victory. Stevens said the decisions on his availability are Thomas's alone. "I don't understand what he's going through at all; just understand that all of our hearts do go out to him and his family".
According to ESPN, Thomas was seen talking with Stevens on the practice court after the team's afternoon video session.
"You can say whatever to him, but I think our actions really let him know that we care for him", Bradley said. He's an fantastic player, unbelievable person.
- 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]".
"We're never going to make excuses but this is hard, this was difficult", he said. "I think we did everything we wanted tonight".
"I anticipate him playing even more inspired", he told The Associated Press. For long stretches, he looked like the best player on the floor despite being outscored by IT in the game.