There weren’t many dry eyes in TD Garden during a pre-game moment of silence for Thomas’ sister. Heading into Game 1, there was speculation over whether or not he would suit up. But he not only played — he dominated.
Despite the Celtics’ 102-106 loss, Thomas dropped 33 points and had 6 assists, while wearing a pair of Nike Kobe Bryant sneakers customized to pay tribute to Chyna.
“R.I.P. Lil Sis,” read the heel of Thomas’ green Nikes. Chyna died in a single-car accident early Saturday morning.
The touching tribute was displayed on a player-exclusive colorway of the Nike Kobe A.D. sneakers. You won’t find Thomas’ green style in stores, but other Kobe A.D. looks can be found at nike.com and Nike Basketball retailers for $160.
Nike Kobe A.D., $160; nike.com
The Bulls and Celtics will meet again in Boston for Game 2 on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.