The Boston Celtics had a spectacular season. They managed to get the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and were looking to contend with the Cleveland Cavaliers en route an NBA Finals appearance.
But that changed when Isaiah Thomas‘ sister passed in a tragic car accident in Washington.
After two games in the first round, the Celtics now trail 0-2 as the series heads to Chicago and the team is in turmoil. Not only that, but Thomas hasn’t had a chance to grieve his sister’s death, considering he’s been playing in the playoffs and carrying the team practically by himself.
Today, he released a statement on her passing and the pain he’s been dealing with:
“I never could have imagined a day my little sister, Chyna, wouldn’t be here. She and my family are everything to me, so the pain I am feeling right now is impossible to put into words. This has been without question the hardest week of my life. At the same time, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support that I have received and couldn’t be more thankful to my friends, family, fans, the city of Boston, Celtics organization, and NBA community. I truly appreciate all the support you’ve shown me over the past couple of days and thank you for respecting my privacy as I continue to grieve and heal with my loved ones at this time.”
Isaiah is in Tacoma, Washington with his family but will return to meet the team in Chicago in time for Game 3 at the United Center on Friday, April 21.