Isaiah Thomas has helped will the Celtics back from a 2-0 deficit in their playoff series against the Bulls, but family remains his top priority.
Thomas will attend the funeral for his sister Chyna on Saturday in Tacoma, flying to Washington after Game 6 in Chicago Friday night. Should the Celtics lose Friday, forcing a Game 7, Thomas plans to be back in Boston for what would be a 1 p.m. ET tipoff on Sunday, the Boston Globe reports.
Chyna Thomas was killed in a one-car crash near Tacoma on April 15. Her older brother previously flew cross-country after Game 2 to spend two days with his family, and the Celtics have told him repeatedly to take as much time as he needs at home.
But Thomas feels he has a responsibility to his team, as well, so he'll continue doing everything he can to be present on both fronts.
“The support has been amazing,” Thomas’ friend Alonzo Weatherby told the Globe. “It’s meant the world for Brad (Stevens) to tell Isaiah he has as much time as he wants. Basically, don’t come back until you’re ready to. This is family before anything, and that means the world.”
Despite the personal turmoil, Thomas is averaging 25.2 points, 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds through the first five games of the series.