(SL) – According to a release from the Washington State Patrol, 22-year-old Chyna Thomas was heading southbound on I-5 just north of 288th when her 1998 Toyota Camry went off the road to the left jersey barrier. The car landed on the barrier hitting a pole. She was not wearing her seatbelt and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Troopers say even if she had been wearing a safety belt, they can’t say for sure if it would have saved her life.
“But without the seatbelt, you just don’t have a chance,” Sgt. Tina Martin said.
The fatal accident is still under investigation, but Washington State Patrol says the sister of NBA star Isaiah Thomas may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
“This was just a casual drift off to the left until something stopped that vehicle. No braking – nothing to show she tried to stop her vehicle before impact,” Martin said, explaining witnesses told WSP they saw Thomas driving normally up until the crash.
A toxicology report is still due from the medical examiner; however, WSP says they found no drugs or alcohol at the scene.
Thomas was a graduate of the Tacoma School of the Arts, according to Tacoma Public Schools.
Friends of hers preferred not going on camera but said she was “awesome and had a great personality.”
Her older brother, Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas played against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Tears streaming down his face he wrote a tribute to his little sis on his shoes….“Chyna,” “4-15-17,” and “I love you.”
Isaiah Thomas’ teammate and good friend Avery Bradley, told reporters in Boston on Monday the game took a toll emotionally. Many questioned why Thomas would play after the tragedy. Bradley touched on that with his statement.“It was draining. You know, I said it last night. We just were playing for each other. We know it’s tough times right now,” Bradley said. “It’s just a sanctuary being on the basketball court. For us to make him feel happy and make him feel like we have his back, as brothers that’s what you’re supposed to do.”
Thomas scored 33 points with his angel on his shoulders. No funeral date has been set yet.
(Atlanta, GA) – There was a lot going on during the Hawks and Celtics game. Some of which most would think crossed a line of sportsmanship but when you have a battle mentality what can you expect? Thomas dominated the court scoring 28 points to lead Boston to victory. He said after the game that “Every time I step on the floor I want to win the battle. He’s not somebody I’m worried about. I’m worried about doing what’s best for my team and getting my team a win. I’ll worry about the rest later.”
As for the disrespect, Schroder says, “I’m playing basketball, If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”
The Hawks erased the 20-point deficit with Schroder, Dwight Howard and Thabo Sefolosha out. Tim Hardaway Jr., Malcolm Delaney and Mike Dunleavy were in. Hardaway had 15 fourth-quarter points as Delaney added 10 and Dunleavy six. Hardaway and Paul Millsap hit back-to-back 3-pointers to completely erase the deficit and tied the game at 101-101 with 25.6 seconds left. But Isaish Thomas hit the final shot and that would be it.
As for Al Horford’s return to the A..he was largely booed during the game. First during pre-game introductions and then each time he touched the ball for much of the game.
But it wasn’t all boos. Hawks’ fans showed some respect while a video tribute to Horford’s time in Atlanta played on the scoreboard during the first quarter. The arena crowd responded with a standing ovation. Then it was back to the competition and booing.
Horford finished with 10 points, six assists, six rebounds, one steal and one block. The Hawks will host the Bucks on Sunday. Tip-off is at 3pm.
(SL) – Watching tape will be two different experiences for Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer and Celtics Coach Brad Stevens. Coach Bud will look for ways to take what they did to Boston for Game 6 while Coach Stevens will probably look closely to figure out what the hell happened. Atlanta completely dominated Boston 110-83 in another embarrassing loss inside Philips Arena. The Hawks could wrap up the series (3-2) on Thursday and Coach Bud says they will certainly try to find ways to keep the momentum and carry on when they get to TD Garden. Here are both Coaches’ Pressers for Game 5.
Coach Mike Budenholzer Sums Up Atlanta’s 110-83 Win in Game 5:
On the other side Celtics Coach Brad Stevens Talks About What Went Wrong And Regrouping:
These two will definitely do battle Thursday night at 8pm in Boston. The Celtics will be fighting for their lives and The Hawks will give it all they’ve got to close the series and get ready for the next round. If not, Game 7 will take place in Atlanta on Saturday!
(SL) – The Hawks were looking for redemption and a chance to regain the lead in the series when they stepped on the court Tuesday. After a slow 1st quarter, in which the hawks shot just 24% from the field, Kent Bazemore and Mike Scott would hit the boost button and take Atlanta to a 47-39 lead at the half.
It was pretty much over at that point. By the end of the 3rd quarter, 5 Hawks’ players were in double digits and Atlanta was blowing out Boston 89-62. Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas struggled from the field shooting just 3-12 from the field 0-4 from the arc. He left the game early after rolling his ankle. Post Game I asked Bazemore and Scott what the strategy was for locking down Thomas. (Third Question)
Mike Scott led all players with 17 points while Bazemore had 16. Jeff Teague also had 16 while Kyle Korver chipped in 13 and Paul Millsap was good for just 10 after scoring almost 50 points against the Celtics in game 4. Game 6 is Thursday in Boston!
(SL) – When Kyle Korver hit the court Tuesday night you could tell he was in a zone. He looked intense and although he was probably walking at a normal pace as he made his way through the line, the ferocious look he had in his eyes made it look as if he was walking in slow motion.
Korver was indeed about to make a movie. Out the gate the 3 point king was draining threes and forcing the Celtics to reevaluate any defensive measure they thought they could angle. Korver had 17 pts, 7 rebounds and shot 5-7 from the arc helping the Hawks take game 2 in the NBA playoffs 89-72. Yes, Korver had the same number of 3 pointers as the entire Celtics team. Korver also had 1 BS to add to a franchise record 15 blocks for the Hawks.
Post Game I asked the 3pt king about his shooting and the intensity he carried for the night:
Celtics Coach Brad Stevens was asked if they were slightly misled by Korver’s 2 pts in game 1 and he quickly responded with, “No.” Stevens said that Korver is the type of player that’s a part of Boston’s daily conversation. He said there were no excuses for what happened. Atlanta dominated the game and that’s it.
Coach Brad Stevens Part II
The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas who scored 16 points. Boston was held to just 72 points for the game and shot poorly from the 3 pt line (5-28). They shot just 32 % from the field.
(SL) -The NBA Playoffs continued Tuesday night with the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics facing off for game 2 at Philips Arena. But it wasn’t much of a match with Atlanta coming out the gate early and setting the tone for a complete blowout. Boston never had a chance after being limited to just 7 – 1st quarter points. Something that Celtics 2nd unit leader Evan Turner says was just downright unacceptable.Post Game I asked Boston Guard Evan Turner about The Celtics’ slow start:
Overall, the Hawks would hold them to just 72 points for the night..a serious compliment to the defensive effort by the Atlanta. Coach Mike Budenholzer talked about the way the Hawks started the game and their defensive focus.
The Hawks hope to maintain their momentum as they prepare to travel to Boston for game 3 on Friday. Tip off is at 8 pm.
(SL) – Let the games begin! It was a live one at Philips Arena for Game 1 of the NBA playoffs and the Atlanta Hawks came out aggressive and made a statement. They’ve been here before and certainly the goal is to take care of the Celtics and get to round 2. Atlanta held Boston To just 23% shooting in the first half but started slacking on defense and before you knew it their lead was down to just 3. But again, the Hawks have been here before and they were ready for battle and eventually won the war 102-101. Al Horford led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Jeff Teague grabbed a double double as well with 23 pints and 12 assists. Teague was in attack mode. Post game he acknowledges their 2nd half defensive flaws and setting the tone for the series.
Kent Bazemore was also on fire pulling in a season high 23 points and 8 rebounds. Coach Mike Budenholzer talked about Baze’s focus and gives him credit for stepping up and helping the Hawks come alive for game 1.