Celtics fall short a day after Isaiah Thomas' sister dies

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole.

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 and had six assists and five rebounds.

"We just need to continue to fight for him - Isaiah to me is like family".

"I'm not sure what to say - I'm not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that", Barkley said on the pregame show.

"I thought his pace was terrific", Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. "That tells me he's not in shape to play".

"That's why we always want to see each other succeed, me and him", Bradley added.

"That's just not a good look for him, in my personal opinion". Game 2 is Tuesday night at TD Garden. He passed for 399 yards in that 2003 game. For Barkley, it was the lead-up to Game 1 that was tough to take. "Because as a player, we have so much going on in our mind".

Bradley Beal had 22 points for the Wizards, who got enough from their top players to offset 25 points from Atlanta's Dennis Schroder and 19 from Paul Millsap. You've got so much going through your mind once the game starts. Butler saluted Isaiah Thomas' performance after the game. He knows a lot of the booing stems from love.

Boston guard Isaiah Thomas, who will fly to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday to attend the funeral for his younger sister, Chyna, who was killed in an automobile crash, had an off night. And if he wants to go to Seattle, then he should go to Seattle.

The Bulls finished with a 53-36 rebounding advantage which led to them ending up with a 23-15 edge in second-chance points fueled by Chicago's 20 offensive rebounds. And while Horford has never been a big-time shot blocker, he has to do a better job of protecting the rim than what we saw in Game 1. "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".

Center Al Horford admitted it had been a hard situation.

Though funeral and service arrangements for Chyna Thomas remained incomplete as of last night, Isaiah Thomas decided on a travel plan for his sister's funeral in Washington. He ended up scoring 33 points, although the team lost to the Chicago Bulls.

  • Julie Sanders