Grieving Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to funeral

Grieving Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to funeral

Can the Boston Celtics bounce back in Game 2 of their series with the Chicago Bulls when the two meet tonight at 8PM ET? User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Isaiah Thomas, who was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive year, averaged 28.9 points and 5.8 assists in leading the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

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. Stevens said that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 at Chicago.

Isaiah Thomas, who lost his 22-year old sister to a vehicle accident a day before Game 1, put up a gallant performance with 33 points.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Thomas will fly to his home state of Washington after the game to help complete funeral arrangements for his sister, Chyna Thomas, who was killed in a auto crash Saturday outside Tacoma, Wash.

Game 3 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.

No one knows that more than teammate Dwyane Wade.

Instead, Boston lost 106-102 to Chicago in Game 1, and the possibility looms Tuesday of falling into an 0-2 deficit.

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Jerian Grant was also a big contributor to the Game 1 victory, with six points and four assists as he helped lead the reserves to a dominant effort against the Celtics' second unit.

Olynyk (41) during the third quarter in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

"Me and Isaiah have known each other since we were kids", Bradley said. Now that the Celtics know what Portis is capable of, it will be hard for him to have a duplicate performance in Game 2.

As for the trials and tribulations Rondo's encountered the last few years, Stevens said, "Obviously with a guy that's achieved and accomplished as much as he has on the court, everybody's going to certainly scrutinize when things don't go well".

Because the Bulls got so many second-chance opportunities to score, the Celtics were scrambling on defense and were unable to contain Jimmy Butler in the fourth quarter.

Boston got within 91-82 early in the fourth before Chicago went on a 14-4 run to push its lead up to 19.

"My deepest sympathy and prayers goes up to him and his mother, his father, whoever is in his life".

Butler scored 23 points in the second half.

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