Boston Celtics player Isaiah Thomas loses tooth during National Basketball Association playoff match

Thomas flew from Chicago to Tacoma, Washington, to attend the funeral of his sister, Chyna, on Saturday, before flying back late on Saturday night and getting in at 4am. "And never in my life have I ever thought about quitting". We definitely missed him, but I will tell the guys - there's no excuse. "That's the easy way out".

"One of the things I love about our team is we're going to keep competing", Brooks said.

Marcus Smart, who has been known to let his emotions boil over, had a different kind of response after fouling the Washington Wizards' Bojan Bogdanovic, leading to a four-point play, with 7:08 left in the Celtics' win Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Attacking Isaiah Thomas was one of the commons themes, as the Wizards raced out to their enormous first quarter lead. He finished with 21 points, a playoff career-high 10 assists and nine rebounds in the victory.

However, by Monday, Morris vowed to be back in the Wizards' lineup for Game 2 at Boston, on Tuesday night.

"I do everything for my sister now, and that's all I can do". "That's all I can do". Brad Stevens has always used deep rotations and the runs they have been giving up with Isaiah Thomas on the bench have been an epidemic this season.

"They were a little more aggressive than we were", Beal said. The play continued, but when it stopped, he grabbed it and brought it over to the sideline. "He made his next two threes after it came out".

They split their four regular-season matchups this season, but each included intense moments.

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Boston Celtics' Al Horford, right, blocks a shot by Washington Wizards' Kelly Oubre Jr., left, during the second quarter of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Sunday, April, 30, 2017, in Boston. That's roughly 4,200 miles in the air in little more than 24 hours. "It's tough, but it's the playoffs so there are no excuses". Instead just taking what they give you, you can decide to take what you want.

Morris's absence would leave Gortat with only some help from Smith to deal with the Celtics' rangy center, Al Horford.

"He's a heck of a playmaker", said Crowder of Horford. He's able to come in here and say 'no excuses, ' but he has a perfectly good excuse. On Monday, he was at the dentist having work done as his team practiced.

"At the beginning of the year I probably wouldn't have done that", he said. "I'm starting to feel more comfortable". It was just about how hard it is to speak at a funeral. "It's just a matter of us defending".

The Jazz became the first and only lower-seeded team to advance past the first round of the playoffs as Utah won their first postseason series since 2010.

Thomas got help from his teammates.

But this day belonged to Thomas, given all that he endured to simply be on the court.

"I got in at 4 a.m.", Thomas said of his second flight to Washington in two weeks. "Today's just another chapter of that". I mean, I felt like everything was under control and then all of sudden, he's picking up one loose ball, he has one tipped dunk, he has one post move, then he had one three, one little jumper from outside, then you're coming back to the bench sitting at the timeout and the guy has nearly triple-double. They just needed to take that final step and release the pressure off of their shoulders.

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