And even with that adversity he still went out and dropped 33 points and 9 assists.
Boston Celtics' Jae Crowder (99) drives past Washington Wizards' Jason Smith (14) during the second quarter of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Sunday, April, 30, 2017, in Boston. That wasn't the case on Sunday as the Wizards opened the game with a 16-0 run, only for the Celtics to rally for a 123-111 victory.
Isaiah Thomas is a remarkably resilient athlete.
After going down 2-0 in the first two games of the first-round clash with the Chicago Bulls, the Celtics then won four straight to win the series and setup a meeting with the Wizards where they have made the ideal start.
Thomas joked about it after the game.
So a teary-eyed Thomas played in Game 1 the day after Chyna's death, and has continued to play since.
"I tried to get as much sleep as I could on the flight and then when I got home this morning", Isaiah Thomas said of his cross-country flight from Seattle.
"It's tough, but it's the playoffs so there are no excuses", Thomas said. "I made a decision to play and I just tried to give it all for my team".
Al Horford added 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Game 2 in Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Today we definitely didn't want to be down 16-0 but it happens and we just locked in even more.
"I didn't know if we'd ever score and I didn't know if they've ever stop scoring", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
When Thomas was defended by Bradley Beal, the Wizards' shooting guard disrupted Thomas from getting to the 3-point line. He could've easily pointed at the sensational matchup between Thomas and Washington guard John Wall, who had 20 points and 16 assists Sunday.
Morris left the game early in the second quarter due to a sprained ankle.
Thomas said: "We know it's not going to be, I guess, peaches and cream all the time". "Our defense slipped a little". And he still comes out, he's focused, and it was like he flew back with us from Chicago yesterday.
During the 2016-17 regular season, Smart had a career year. According to Basketball Reference, the former 13th overall pick averages 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per-game against the Wizards, a team he's faced 15 times. Thomas lost the tooth colliding with Washington's Otto Porter Jr. He found it during a timeout, but started the second quarter in the locker room.
Morris stayed down in front of the Washington bench as teammates circled him.
By the end of the third, the Jazz held a 79-63 edge.
CAVALIERS 116, RAPTORS 105: LeBron James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off after a long layoff and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 Monday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Oubre ended the game with 12 points and was 2 for 4 from downtown.
Avery Bradley did what the Celtics needed him to do, whether he was sticking with Jimmy Butler or pouring in the points. Those two three-pointers that Thomas hit to cut the deficit to 22-11 certainly didn't win Game 1, but they did send an undeniable message.
The video of Morris' ankle turning is pretty gross, especially if you're a basketball player, so just be forewarned.