‘This has been the hardest week of my life’: Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas speaks out, sisters death in car crash

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By JORDAN GASS-POORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has released a heartfelt statement after his younger sister was killed in a card accident last weekend.

Thomas reflected on ‘the hardest week’ of his life, saying that he ‘could never have imagined a day where my little sister, Chyna, wouldn’t be here’.

‘She and my family are everything to me, so the pain I am feeling right now is impossible to put into words,’ Isaiah Thomas wrote.

His sister died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma, Washington.

Isaiah Thomas released a heartfelt statement Wednesday following the death of his sister

No funeral date is set for the 22-year-old, but Boston coach Brad Stevens said the entire team plans to attend with its star player.

Thomas has not spoken with the media since his sister’s death, but played in Game 1 and 2 of the Celtics’ playoff series against the Chicago Bulls before flying to Washington to be with his family.

Stevens said Thomas intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 in Chicago.

However, Stevens stressed that all plans are up to Thomas.

Thomas, who scored a game high 33 points during Sunday’s game, was visibly devastated as he still came to grips with his sister’s death.

Thomas's 22-year-old sister, Chyna (pictured), died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma, Washington   Thomas's 22-year-old sister, Chyna (pictured), died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma, Washington

Chyna Thomas crashed her vehicle into a pole when it drifted out of the left lane on the southbound Interstate 5 near South 288th Street in Tacoma, Washington

Just moments before the game, the 28-year-old was seen crying as he sat on the team bench, before he was comforted by fellow-Celtic, Avery Bradley.

The duo, who are both from Tacoma, also embraced in the middle of the court after Thomas nailed a three-pointer early in the game against the Bulls.

The star Celtic was seen moments before Sunday's game weeping on the bench and being comforted by teammate and friend, Avery Bradley (right) 

During Monday’s shootaround, TV cameras again captured Bradley comforting a tearful Thomas on the bench.

‘Me and Isaiah have known each other since we were kids,’ Bradley said.

‘So no matter what goes on we’re always going have each other’s back. We’re always going to be there for one another.

‘I think he knows that, and I know the same about him. We’re always going support each other… We’re a family.’

The shooting guard then said it is important now to pick Thomas up on and off the court, which would include bouncing back with a win against the Bulls.

‘I feel like it’s better to show with your actions than your words, especially after a loss,’ Bradley said.

‘You can say whatever to him, but I think our actions really let him know that we care for him.

‘This is a sanctuary being on the basketball court… As brothers that’s what you’re supposed to do.’

During Sunday’s game, Thomas had his sister’s name written on the side of his shoes, along with the words: ‘I love you.’

During Sunday's game, Thomas had his sister's name written on the side of his shoes, along with the words: 'I love you'

Chyna J Thomas crashed her vehicle Saturday morning when it drifted out of the left lane on the southbound Interstate 5 near South 288th Street.

Washington State Patrol said her 1998 Toyota Camry careened 50 feet off of the roadway and hit a barrier, which launched the car into a sign post near Federal Way.

‘All of a sudden it started to drift very casually onto the left shoulder,’ said Trooper Nick King, a State Patrol spokesman, according to The News Tribune.

When she hit the Jersey barrier, ‘that vaulted the vehicle head-on into the sign post,’ King continued.

Chyna Thomas was reportedly not wearing her seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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