The day after learning that his sister had been killed in a tragic car crash, Isaiah Thomas led the Boston Celtics onto the floor and received a massive ovation from the crowd for the opener of their first round series with the Bulls. Before the game, coach Brad Stevens said he was unsure how much Thomas would play, remarking that Thomas would dictate how many minutes he would play.
Thomas was understandably emotional during the Celtics shootaround during the day, and TNT’s cameras had a devastating shot of Thomas crying while sitting courtside. All of his emotions came out as Avery Bradley and others consoled him. As TNT rolled that footage, Charles Barkley proceeded to stick his foot in his mouth talking about how “uncomfortable” he was for Thomas and how he felt it was a bad look that he was crying on the court prior to the game.