Isaiah Thomas leads Celtics onto floor for playoff game following sister’s death

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas has been dealing with extreme emotions ahead of Boston’s playoff game Sunday vs. the Bulls. Thomas’ 22-year-old sister, Chyna Thomas, died in a single-car crash early Saturday in Washington state.

Thomas, who intends to play in the game, led the Celtics onto the court for Game 1 vs. the Bulls.

For the most part, Harden and Leonard have been as good as advertised. In Leonard’s case, he’s averaging 23.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game on 49.4/45.5/83.3 shooting splits. In Harden’s case, he’s hovering around his season averages with 27.4 points, 10.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game on 44.0 percent shooting from the field and 32.1 percent from the perimeter. They have, in some ways, canceled each other out.

That’s why the play of their supporting casts has been so important. In Game 1, Capela and Ariza combined for 43 points. In Game 2, Tony Parker scored 18 points in 25 minutes before rupturing his quadricep tendon. In Game 3, Aldridge tied Leonard with a team-high 26 points and recorded four of San Antonio’s eight blocks. In Game 4, Gordon and Williams chipped in with 35 points off the bench for the Rockets. And in Game 5, Patty Mills scored 20 points, Aldridge recorded nine offensive rebounds and Manu Ginobili and Danny Green Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA carried the Spurs down the stretch with big plays on both ends of the court.

Simmons has also stepped up for the Spurs. His versatility has allowed Cheap Jordan Jerseys Gregg Popovich to play him at power forward at times to combat Houston’s small-ball lineup, and he’s given them a spark offensively and defensively. On one hand, he’s guarding Harden as well as can be expected in isolation and the pick-and-roll.

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