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Kristopher Love | 19 April, 2017, 07:17

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas top scored in the play-offs last night, just one day after his sister died in a vehicle crash.

Even though backup Bobby Portis (19 points, 8-for-10 shooting, nine rebounds) outplayed starter Nikola Mirotic (four points, 1-for-9 shooting) in Game 1, Hoiberg said the starting lineup and rotation will stay the same for Game 2.

Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, center, and teammates bow their heads during a moment of silence for Thomas' sister Chyna before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. Thomas was informed of her death following the team's practice Saturday afternoon.

Cameras captured teammate Avery Bradley comforting Thomas on the bench during the pregame shootaround.

"It says a lot about him", Bradley said after the game, according to "Isaiah, to me, is like family", Bradley said.

"I know tonight he was playing for his sister, playing for his family".

Thomas attended the team's film session and short walk-through but did not speak with reporters. The Celtics were upset by the eighth-seeded Bulls, losing 106-102 - but it's impossible for anyone to argue that Boston would've been a better team had Thomas sat out.

"I anticipate him playing even more inspired", he told The Associated Press. During a brief clip from Inside The NBA, the controversial sports analyst said Thomas' crying made him "uncomfortable". "We appreciate that as teammates, and he's just an unbelievable basketball player and even a better person".

The Seahawks community rallied to support Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas after news broke his sister, Chyna, was killed in a vehicle accident Saturday near Federal Way. We're always going support each other.

There were two key moments Sunday in which Butler was assigned to Thomas - once in the second quarter and again in the last five minutes of the game. "And if he wants to go to Seattle, then he should go to Seattle", Stevens said after the loss. And it made us want to fight harder for him.

Speaking about Thomas directly, Stevens said: 'He's trying his best to compartmentalize when he's here to work on what he needs to work on, but I'm sure that's hard.

"And we'll ride Jimmy until we can't ride him no more".