Everybody reacts in times of grief differently. Some people close themselves off from the rest of the world as they mourn a loved one while others find comfort being around friends and family.
When you’re a professional athlete and your team is in the playoffs, unfortunately, the gut-wrenching decision to play or not play is more than just taking a few days off of work.
It takes a tremendous amount of courage and self-resiliency to keep pushing through the pain, and that’s exactly what Isaiah Thomas has done the last two weeks.
Celts Star Isaiah Thomas Has Shown Courage
Isaiah’s younger sister Chyna was killed in a car accident in his native Washington state on April 15th, the day before the Celtics were hosting the Bulls in Game 1 of the opening-round playoff series.
“Mentally and emotionally, I’m not here, so I just feed off what the guys give me,” the point guard told reporters following Game 4, per ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.
It was the first time IT had spoken to the media since his sister’s death.
Boston Held A Moment Of Silence For Chyna
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Thomas fed off his teammates, coaches, Celtics staff, and fans and played through the pain, leading Boston in scoring, assists, and minutes throughout the series.
“They give me a lot of confidence. I can’t do it without those guys. They believe in me,” Thomas said on April 23rd. “Being here is what makes me, I guess, sane. It makes me feel somewhat normal through these tough times.”
IT’s Message To Chyna On His Sneakers
Down 0-2 after the first two games at the TD Garden, the Celtics, laden with heavy hearts for their friend, their teammate, their brother and his family, Boston dug deep and evened the series at “The House That Michael Built.”
And then, they just kept winning.