A grieving Isaiah Thomas says the pain of his sister’s loss "is impossible to put into words."
Following the death of his younger sister over the weekend, the Celtics guard released his own statement Wednesday afternoon addressing the tragic events.
“I never could have imagined a day where my little sister, Chyna, wouldn’t be here,” Thomas wrote, via the Celtics official Twitter feed. “She and my family are everything to me, so the pain I am feeling right now is impossible to put into words."
Chyna Thomas, 22, died in a one-car traffic accident in Washington state Saturday morning when her car veered off the road and struck a barrier.
"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.”
Thomas was seen in tears on the bench as teammates tried to console him prior to Game 1 of his team’s playoff series with the Chicago Bulls, just a day after he learned of his sister’s death.
Boston fans showed support for their point guard, with “M-V-P” chants ringing throughout the arena in the first quarter, and Thomas’ teammates did their best to help support him.
"We’re never going to make excuses, but this is hard," teammate Al Horford said. "This was difficult, and I felt like our guys really dealt with it best. We knew (Thomas) was hurting … we have a lot of respect for him that he was able to come out."
He started in Game 1 on Sunday and led all scorers with 33 points in Boston’s 106-102 loss.
Thomas flew to Washington to be with his family following Game 2 and to help complete funeral arrangements. According to NBA.com, no funeral date has been set.
He is expected to rejoin the team for Game 3 in Chicago on Friday night. The top-seeded Celtics trail the best-of-7 series 0-2.