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Golden State of Mind extends heartfelt condolences to Celtics’ star Isaiah Thomas and the entire Thomas family.

Chyna Thomas, via Facebook.

The excitement that is the NBA Playoffs started on Saturday, but all many of us here at Golden State of Mind can think about is the heartbreaking, untimely death of Chyna Thomas, younger sister of Isaiah Thomas, in a one-vehicle car crash.

She was 22.

Because of the way her vehicle drifted towards the shoulder of the road “very casually,” it is believed she fell asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, she had not been wearing a seat belt.

According to her Facebook page, Chyna had been living in Seattle at the time of her death; she worked as a Fed Ex package handler. She had attended the Tacoma School of the Arts.

The Celtics are at the top of the East and have a real chance of making it to the NBA Finals, which would make for an exciting championship series if the Warriors can make a three-peat Finals appearance. However, none of us knows how Isaiah will be affected by this tragedy and if there will be an overall impact on his team based on his reaction. Some media outlets have reported that he plans to play today, while others report that he is simply “in a state of shock.”

Perhaps this is a matter that will be relegated to a game-time decision. But, no matter what Isaiah Thomas is capable of doing, or decides to do, in the face of such crushing circumstances, hopefully everyone — from fans and media to friends and family — will respect his choice.

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Isaiah Thomas tries to stay with Stephen Curry during game at TD Garden on Nov. 18, 2016.
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It is Easter Sunday. Instead of waking up joyful over the Resurrection, the Easter bunny, and NBA Playoff games, the Thomas family will be coping with the tragic passing of a sister and daughter. Although many of us gravitate towards sports as a way to escape the pains and stresses of life, we must always remember that some things are bigger than basketball. When tragedies like this happen, we must consider the needs of the man, first, and the needs of the player and team, second.

Along with the NBA, the Celtics, the Boston fan base and the Warriors’ organization, we, at Golden State of Mind, offer our sincerest sympathies to the Thomas family.