Isaiah Thomas releases statement following sister's death

The Celtics point guard expressed his appreciation for the support he's received during "the hardest week of my life."

Isaiah Thomas is breaking his silence.

The Celtics point guard released a heartfelt statement Wednesday summarizing his emotional turmoil following the death of his younger sister and thanking those who have expressed their support since the tragic single-car accident Saturday morning.

Per the team's Twitter account:

"I never could have imagined a day where my little sister, Chyna, wouldn't be here. She and my family are everything to me, so the pain I am feeling right now is impossible to put into words. This has been without question the hardest week of my life.

"At the same time, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support that I have received and couldn't be more thankful for my friends, family, fans, the city of Boston, Celtics organization, and NBA community. I truly appreciate all of the support you've shown me the past several days and thank you for respecting my privacy as I continue to grieve and heal with my loved ones at this time."

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Chyna J. Thomas, 22, was driving her 1998 Toyota Camry when she drifted off the road and hit a Jersey barrier then a sign postaround 5 a.m. PT Saturdayon I-5 inIsaiah Thomas’ home state of Washington. Police said Chyna Thomaswas notwearing a seatbelt.

Isaiah Thomas, who has yet to speak publicly since the accident, played in Games 1 and 2 of the team'sEastern Conference playoff series against the Bulls. Celtics coachBrad Stevens confirmed Isaiah Thomas flew home to be with his family but is expected toalso play inGame 3 scheduled forFriday in Chicago.

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