Isaiah Thomas leads Celtics onto floor as fans and players honor sister Chyna (VIDEO)


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.

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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.