Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Celtics' Thomas: Days since sister died hardest of my life

Celtics' Thomas: Days since sister died hardest of my life

Game 3 between the Cavs-Pacers, Raptors-Bucks and Spurs-Grizzlies will take place Thursday night.

He was averaging 11.5 points and 10 assists over the first two games of this series.

Despite Thomas's gutsy play, the first-seed Celtics trail the No. 8 Bulls, 0-2, in the opening-round series.

"Everybody is putting in the extra work- watching film and working on their game- and that's where your confidence always comes from", said Jimmy Butler after the game.

The Boston Celtics are down 0-2 to the Chicago Bulls, but this has been an incredibly tough week for star guard Isaiah Thomas for reasons unrelated to basketball.

John Wall earned chants of "M-V-P!" while finishing with 32 points and nine assists, including the dish to Beal for his shot from beyond the arc with 38 seconds remaining that sealed the win for the hosts. One of the key players so far in this series has been Bulls guard Rajon Rondo.

The Bulls have also gotten big contributions from their role players and have pounded the Celtics on the glass, outrebounding them by 22 through the first two games. Tonight, our job was easy, we just had to play. Without him? Well, we'll have to find out on Friday night, but Isaiah Thomas is surely excited about the matchup. While the Celtics have come out looking to jab and get a feel for their opponent, the Bulls are one step ahead.

"I get three or four days of preparation on a team, lock into their game plan, and I'm playing plus minutes".

I know what Rondo brings.

The Bulls, 41-41 in the regular season, are attempting to become the sixth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 in the first round - and the first since the Philadelphia 76ers upset Chicago in the 2012 playoffs. He has a player option for next season and the majority of the fans believed that his time in Chicago would be short-lived.

Those fans booed their team on more than one occasion on Tuesday, including a loud chorus of jeers as the final seconds ticked off. It's definitely a loss for all of us. "Take it one game at a time and try to get Game Three".

"I'm not surprised because everybody's so locked in right now", said Butler, who added eight rebounds and eight assists.

It's easier said than done, especially at a time when all of the player's focus isn't fully where it should be following the death of Isaiah Thomas' 22-year-old sister, Chyna J. Thomas, who died after a one-car crash which as one can imagine, has been hard for Thomas to move forward from.

Celtics: Finished with 16 turnovers, leading to 23 Chicago points.Thomas shot 7 of 13 from the free throw line.

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