The Bulls emerged with a 106-102 triumph and lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is Tuesday night at TD Garden. BOSTON -- Jimmy Butler had 30 points and nine rebounds and the Chicago Bulls outlasted Boston 106-102 in Game 1 on Sunday on an emotional night for grieving Celtics star Isaiah Thomas. There was a moment of silence just prior to the playing of the national anthem before the 6:30 p.m. ET tipoff. Thomas bowed his head throughout, and tears dripped down his Dmitry Orlov Womens Jersey cheek. He had led the team onto the floor and got a huge ovation from the Boston crowd. He was the last of the Celtics' starters to be introduced and was immediately surrounded by all his teammates. His sneakers have his sister's name, Chyna, written on them, along with "R.I.P. Lil Sis." Before the game, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the decision about whether the All-Star guard would play was up to Thomas, adding that "he's really hurting" after his sister's death. "[Thomas] went through our shootaround. He is struggling," Stevens said. "Obviously, it's tragic circumstances that he and his family are going through right now, and our thoughts are, first and foremost, with all of them. "I think his intention is to play. We've talked, a little bit last night and then again today, about as he goes through it, and if he feels like he needs to not [play], then whatever he wants. I think that one of the things that I've learned, having been through situations in the past, is that there's really no right or wrong answer. It's whatever's right for him. That's what we've encouraged him. And he's really hurting. It's a tough situation." Isaiah Thomas scores 33 in Game 1 loss vs. Bulls after sister's death BOSTON -- Point guard Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 33 points Sunday night in Game 1 of the Boston Celtics' first-round playoff matchup with the Chicago Bulls, one day after the death of his sister in a one-car crash. Thomas, overcome with emotions multiple times before the start of Sunday's game, finished on 10-of-18 shooting with six assists and five rebounds over 38 minutes. Butler scored 23 http://www.officialcapitalsauthentic.com
points in the second half. Bobby Portis finished with 19 for the Bulls. Al Horford had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Boston. Isaiah Thomas checks out to ovation after scoring 13 points in 11 first-quarter minutes. Sign behind the Boston bench: "We got you, Isaiah." Before Game 1 in Boston, the Celtics observed a moment of silence to recognize guard Isaiah Thomas' sister, Chyna Thomas. Minutes later when Isaiah was introduced as part of the starting lineup, the TD Garden crowd roared its support of him. Deafening cheers inside TD Garden when Isaiah Thomas was introduced last during Boston's starting lineups. Thomas typically bounces around in a mosh pit with his teammates before games but just walked to the middle as teammates surrounded him. An emotional Gerald Green on Isaiah Thomas: "It's one of those things where it's a tragedy, man. I don't even know how to say it. It's just something we're going to have to just get through. IT is one of my closest friends in the league and I'm here for him. It's definitely gonna motivate me to get through this postseason. I'm playing this postseason for him, man. I really am. Everything I do. I'm laying it all on the line for him, because I know he's here today through a tough time. A lot of guys probably wouldn't even have done that, and he's here today. That just shows you what type of man he is." Probably not a surprise, but there are a number of Isaiah Thomas' No. 4 jerseys in the crowd before the game. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said when he went to church this morning that people were asking about how Isaiah was doing. Noted Stevens: "When you see tough things happen to people, this community rallies around them." Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston. Thomas http://www.seahawksofficialsproshop.com ... rse-Jersey
received word that younger sister Chyna Thomas died early Saturday in a one-car crash on an interstate in their home state of Washington. She was 22. The Celtics' All-Star guard was informed of her death after the team's practice Saturday afternoon. Stevens fielded five questions during his pregame news conference and all five were related to Thomas. Stevens said the Celtics have done all they can to console Thomas. He also said he and Thomas spoke Saturday night and again Sunday morning, and the coach is leaving the decision in Thomas' hands. "It's whatever's right for him," Brad Stevens said pregame of whether Isaiah Thomas would play Sunday in Game 1. "That's what we've encouraged him. And he's really hurting. It's a tough situation." David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports "I think everybody reached out. It's a close-knit team. He's a big part of it," Stevens said. "Isaiah's a great teammate. Isaiah's a great husband. He's a great father. He's a great guy, great son and brother. And I think, ultimately, we just all tried to do our part in letting him know we were thinking about him, and anything we could all do to help, we'd do -- that family and this particular situation with his family takes precedent over everything else going on. And that we're here for him if he needs us." Added Stevens: "I don't think there's any question that people around here have a great affinity for him. And we've all, even in my short time here, when you see that really tough things happen to people, this [Boston] community really rallies around them. So you can already feel that. You can already feel, as I was at church this morning, I could feel people coming up to me and they all wanted to know how he was doing and all talking about it; when you get here, that's all everybody wants to talk about. I think it's going to be really emotional. And that's part http://www.officialbluejaysproshop.com/ ... tin_Jersey
of what makes this place really special, is they get it. I think they really appreciate Isaiah and I know Isaiah really appreciates everybody here." Stevens said his team is ready for Game 1 after three days of preparation, and he said they will balance supporting Thomas with competing on the court. "Part of being supportive for him is putting our best foot forward," Stevens said. "And letting him know it's OK, whatever his emotions are at that time, it's OK to let them out. Again, and you all know this from having really tough stuff happen: I don't know that there's a script for this. I don't know that there is a script for the emotions that somebody is supposed to show. I think that, ultimately, however you feel, that's the way you feel. And I think that we're here, again, as a support. And part of our support is to be great teammates, and great teammates are ready to compete together and compete for each other." Golden State star Kevin Durant talked about Thomas after the Warriors' Game 1 victory over Portland on Sunday. "We're all praying for him," Durant said. "The NBA family's behind him." "He's the reason we are where we are,'' Zeller said. "He's had an unbelievable season and he's our No. 1. ... We're gonna go out and help him out in any way.'' The Bulls were among the first NBA teams Dalton Pompey Youth Jersey to release a statement of condolence for Thomas on Saturday. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he expected what is usually a high-energy Boston arena to be filled with even more emotion Sunday. "It's a horrible tragedy,'' Hoiberg said. "He just seems like such a good kid, and obviously he's one of the great competitors we have in our league. ... It's just awful what happened.''