Isaiah Thomas participated in the Celtics' afternoon shootaround Monday and coach Brad Stevens says he expects the All-Star guard to play Tuesday against the Bulls in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoff series, ESPN reported.
Thomas, whose sister Chyna, 22, died in a one-car accident near Seattle over the weekend, is expected to join his family in Washington after Game 2 in Boston.
"His plan, as of right now, and, again, subject to him changing if he wants, is that he'll be here [Tuesday] night and then will go to Tacoma after," Stevens said. "So either after the game [Tuesday] night or Wednesday morning."
According to ESPN,Thomas was seen talkingwith Stevens on the practice court after the team's afternoon video session.
Game 3 in the series isn't until 7 p.m. ET Friday in Chicago.
Teammate and fellow Tacoma native Avery Bradleyhas tried to support Thomas, who scored 33 points in a Game 1 loss before which he was openly emotional about his sister.
"We're always going to support each other," Bradley said. "Not to say our teammates aren't going to support us as well, but we're family, so it's different. I'm going to be there for him no matter what.…
"It takes a lot of [guts] for somebody to go through that and still be able to come out and perform at a high level. Even though he wasn't screaming or the usual Isaiah, he still went out there and fought hard. And it made us want to fight harder for him. We just made some mistakes that are fixable and we'll have a chance to do it [in Game 2]."