Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas decided to play in Game 1 of the playoff matchup with the Chicago Bulls just one day after his sister died in a car wreck.
Thomas, who led his team onto the court, had the words "Chyna," "RIP Lil Sis" and "I love you" written on his shoes. The crowd and players observed a moment of silence before the national anthem and tipoff.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens told ESPN Thomas was "really hurting" after his sister's death, but the decision to play in Sunday night's game was his own.
"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," Stevens told ESPN.
Chyna Thomas, 22, died early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Washington, according to The Washington Post.
Authorities told Seattle's KIRO that her 1998 Toyota Camry drifted "very casually onto the left shoulder." The 22-year-old's vehicle hit a Jersey barrier "that vaulted the vehicle head-on into the sign post." State police said she was not wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene.