When Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas found about his sister’s death on the eve of the playoffs, he considered giving up the game of basketball.
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“When I found out the news, I wanted to give up and quit. Never in my life have I thought about quitting.
“I realized quitting isn’t an option. That’s the easy way out. I will keep going for my sister because I know she wouldn’t want me to stop. I love you, Chyna, and I miss you so much, and everything I do for the rest of my life will be for you.”
Thomas, of course, was able to summon the fortitude to compete in all six of the Celtics’ first-round games against the Chicago Bulls.
He averaged 23.0 points (on 43.0 percent shooting), 4.3 boards and 5.7 assists in that series.