Jimmy Butler, who played with Thomas in the past two All-Star games and led all Bulls' scorers in Game 1 with 30 points, said afterwards, "He's a helluva player".
The game was overshadowed by Isiah Thomas and the tragic death of his sister on Saturday.
"He was playing for his sister, playing for his family - we appreciate that as team-mates", said Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who was seen comforting Thomas during the pre-game shootaround. He looked toward the rafters just before the tip-off.
Several messages were written on Thomas' shoes Sunday, including "Chyna", "RIP Lil Sis" and "I love you".
'It says a lot.
Stevens said the guard intends to stay in Boston for Game 2, fly to Tacoma, Wash., afterward, and rejoin the Celtics in time for Friday's Game 3. 'We grew up in the same area. The fact that he's even here is just a lot of credit to him. I know tonight he was playing for his sister.
The vehicle reportedly then drifted 50 feet until it hit a large road sign.
When she hit the Jersey barrier, 'that vaulted the vehicle head-on into the sign post, ' King continued. She was not wearing her seat belt, according to authorities.
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Condolences for Thomas poured in from around the league, from National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and various players and friends. And Thomas, after an unsteady beginning, played admirably in Game 1, scoring 33 points to go with six assists and five rebounds.
"Whatever he needs to do, he needs to do, and we'll help in any way", Stevens said, via Chris Mannix of The Vertical. There's empathy in the locker room, and a coach adept at navigating rough water. Stevens told reporters that Thomas plans to play in Tuesday's Game 2, then fly back to Washington for his sister's services "either after the game [Tuesday night] or Wednesday morning".
"He's an incredible player, wonderful player". Bradley Beal had 22 points for the Wizards, who got enough from their top players to offset 25 points from Atlanta's Dennis Schroder and 19 from Paul Millsap.
It would be in the Celtics best interest if Thomas plays, but whatever decision he makes is the correct one. "I think that's what my team needs for me to do; make or miss, make sure we get a shot up".
In a statement released Saturday, the Celtics extended their condolences to the Thomas family.
In case everyone forgot, this is also the same Chicago team who nearly missed the playoffs, getting in by a hair with beating the Miami Heat in the tiebreaker.
'He's a hell of a player, ' he said.