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The NBA Playoffs are now in full swing, with every team playing intense games. Games in the West are going the way they were expected. However, that’s not the case in the East where the Boston Celtics, this year’s’ number one seed in the East, was in a heated matchup to the number eight seed Chicago Bulls.

Some may have predicted this series to go to the Bulls, but many others have not. No one really gives the eight seed a chance due to only two eight seed teams in the history of the NBA beating a one seed in a playoff series. Only two ever (1994 Denver Nuggets, 1999 New York Knicks)! And Chicago has a legitimate chance to become the third team to do so.

This is definitely a huge thing for Boston because they have not been  a number one seed since 2008 when they won the NBA Finals. Every time the Boston Celtics have been a number one seed they have gone on to win the NBA Finals. Could this year be the history breaking year? We will just have to wait and see.

However, all this number one seed and championship talk is not in Bostons favor. Another heartbreaking thing has happened to the star of the team. Isaiah Thomas, one time all-star and 60th pick in the 2011 draft has had an unexpected death in his family. His sister Chyna Thomas passed away from a car accident April 17, 2017. This happened the day before game 2 on April 18.

Isaiah playing in some of the most important games of his life gets hit with something like this and it devastates him. There are reports of him crying at practice the day of and the day before game 2. This is truly unexpected and Isaiah said, “these days have been the hardest days of my life.”

Being able to play in the playoffs knowing something like this has happened to your family shows true dedication and strength. Players around the league are recognizing Isaiah and giving him their blessings. To still be able to play at an incredibly high level of basketball while dealing with his sister’s death is really amazing and he should be proud win or lose.

As you could imagine, the All-star and his team are dealing with a lot right now. The chance to ruin history and his sister’s death. It’s a hard time for the Boston Celtics at an incredibly unfortunate time of year. Hopefully they will be able to bounce back and become stronger and more focused soon or their fate to advance  in the playoffs is slim.

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