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[April 18, 2017]
April 17 (The Sports Xchange) -
Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas plans to play on Tuesday in Game 2
of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the
Chicago Bulls as he continues to mourn from a family tragedy.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Thomas will fly to his home state of
Washington after the game to help complete funeral arrangements for
his sister, Chyna Thomas, who was killed in a car crash Saturday
outside Tacoma, Wash.
"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 told reporters Monday. "So either after
the game (Tuesday) night or Wednesday morning."
Thomas played through tears Sunday and scored 33 points in the
Celtics' 106-102 playoff-opening loss against the Bulls -- a day
after his 22-year-old sister died in a single-car accident on
Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Wash.
The Celtics have two days off before Game 3 Friday night against the
Bulls in Chicago and Stevens suggested the entire team would make an
effort to attend the memorial services.
LeBron James offered his condolences to a grieving Isaiah Thomas.
James conveyed his sympathy after Monday morning's shootaround
before Game 2 of the series against the Indiana Pacers.
"My deepest sympathy and prayers goes up to him and his mother, his
father, whoever is in his life. I'm not quite sure who's in his
life," James told reporters in Cleveland.
"Had to be a tough situation for him, just going out and playing a
game and obviously who cares about the game? That's so silly to even
think about basketball when something like that tragic happens.
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"He obviously is a strong-willed guy. I got to know
him the last couple years. It's unfortunate something like that has
happened at a time like this. Obviously our world is kind of
revolved around basketball, but like I said, who cares about
basketball when something like that happens?"
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will be sidelined for Game 2 of their
Western Conference first-round playoff series against the host Los
Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The 24-year-old Gobert, a 7-foot-1 center from France, sustained a
hyperextended left knee only 11 seconds into the series opener,
which the Jazz rallied to win 97-95 on Saturday.
"Gobert's status going forward will be determined game by game," the
Tribune said. "The Jazz big man is walking without crutches, which
is encouraging. At the same time, healing the knee is expected to
take some time."
Derrick Favors, who had 15 points and six rebounds for the Jazz in
Game 1, is expected to replace Gobert in the starting lineup. ))
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