Bulls to start Canaan at point guard in Game 5 vs Celtics

Hazel Gray
April 25, 2017

The 25-year-old point guard was capable in Game 4 on Sunday, despite the Bulls falling to the Celtics.

But the game all but paled into insignificance. To Thomas' credit, the grieving he has been through and continues to deal with, seemed to only make his focus all that more laser-sharp. According to police, just after 5 a.m. local time April 15, her vehicle drifted onto the left shoulder of Interstate 5 and slammed into a pole. He responded with an incredible 16-5 run in the final four minutes of the third, scoring 10 points at the rim or line while assisting for three layups. For that, he credited his teammates and coaches for putting him in position to succeed.

It was a heartbreaking sight.

"I was really proud of Isaiah Canaan for coming out after a lot of DNPs [Did Not Play], being on the inactive list", Hoiberg said after the game. "She and my family are everything to me, so the pain I am feeling right now is impossible to put into words. This has been without question the hardest week of my life".

Even though he's one of the shortest players in the National Basketball Association - he's listed at 5 feet, 9 inches - Thomas regularly comes up big. It started nearly immediately with his namesake.

Then Thomas acknowledged that, yes, he comes back to his heartbreak as soon as he leaves the floor and showers the game from his physical being. He had the famous name, but because of his height, Thomas had to prove to the league that he belonged.

The Kings traded Thomas to the Phoenix Suns in 2014, and then he was sent to Boston as part of a trade in 2015. "He can still go out and play". A moment of silence was held for Chyna Thomas as her brother continued to wipe tears from his face.

There are also new visible representations of their support for Thomas.

"The way I play, I was more anxious about my wind". He couldn't be stopped.

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By the end of the day, both the Bulls-Celtics and Jazz-Clippers series would be tied at two games apiece, while the Rockets opened up a 3-1 series lead. They didn't want to get into pointing fingers and criticizing the refs for a game they lost.

And on Sunday in Chicago, the Celtics, led by Thomas' 33 points and seven assists, defeated the Bulls 104-95 to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

"Throughout the season, you just wonder when that opportunity is gonna come", he said. But what we do know is the Bulls are a different, tougher team to deal with when they had a healthy Rondo on the court rather than watching from the sideline. That's exactly how the head coach should have handled the situation. "I can't say enough about it".

Thomas agreed he is just about impossible to defend, saying "not one man can guard me". "I mean, they've been everything".

"It's just something that we're gonna have to get through", Green said. "What he's done has been remarkable".

Bulls guard Dwyane Wade said after the game he was glad Canaan was able to do it.

But that was when Thomas sparked the offensive surge that pushed the Celtics back to a double-figure lead, and they maintained their advantage the rest of the way.

"They've - they've been really important", he said, his voice a bit softer.

"They were picking me up full court. I think the world of the kid, especially what he's going through now, how he's fought through that and like I said last night, he's a warrior to go out there and do what he's done so far in this series".

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