The big question going into Game 1 of the Celtics-Bulls’ first-round series on Sunday was whether Isaiah Thomas would play. He and his family have been in mourning since his sister Chyna, 22, died tragically in a car crash over the weekend in Washington state, and during warm-ups prior to the game, an emotional Thomas was seen sitting with his head in hands on the sideline and being consoled by his teammates.
But word came before tip-off that Thomas would indeed try to play today, and when he led his squad out of the tunnel, the home crowd gave their All-Star point guard a resounding ovation. Those deafening cheers continued during player introductions and into the first quarter of action.
The MVP chants followed soon after as he shot his first free-throws of the game.