Isaiah Thomas could be seen struggling with his emotions on the bench in Boston on Sunday before the Celtics took on the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of their playoff series. It would be hard to fathom the situation Thomas is in, preparing to play a playoff game just a day after his sister Chyna was killed in a car accident on I-5 in Washington.
Fans at TD Garden were understandably supportive of Thomas, who took the honor of leading his teammates out onto the floor as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Garden took a moment of silence to honor Chyna, with all eyes on Thomas as he tried to battle through an unimaginable headspace:
Thomas’ shoes had “CHYNA” and “RIP LIL SIS” written on them:
Meanwhile, fellow players gave words of kindness to Thomas on Twitter after the tragedy:
Finally, Thomas’ first points of the game came early on a deep 3-pointer that had just about everyone cheering for him:
Thomas scored 13 points in the first quarter.