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Thomas thanks fans, Celtics; asks for privacy

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the days since his younger sister was killed in a car crash have been the hardest of his life. The All-Star guard says the pain he is feeling “is impossible to put into words.” [...] I have been overwhelmed by the love and support that I have received and couldn’t be more thankful for my friends, family, fans, the City of Boston, Celtics organization, and the NBA community. Thomas played in the first two games of the Celtics’ first-round playoff series with the Bulls, then flew to Washington to be with his family on Wednesday. Smith is listed as questionable for Game 3 on Thursday night at Indianapolis as the Cavaliers look to take a 3-0 lead over the Indiana Pacers. First-year Memphis coach David Fizdale knew the NBA would fine him for criticizing the officiating in the Grizzlies’ Game 2 loss to San Antonio. The Grizzlies trail the Spurs 0-2, and Memphis has no room for errors in any aspect of a game. The NBA fined the Grizzlies coach $30,000 for Fizdale’s rant after Memphis’ 96-82 loss to San Antonio on Monday. Fizdale called the work of Danny Crawford, Rodney Mott and Bill Spooner “unprofessional” and “unacceptable” in an interview that grew increasingly louder before he slammed his fist on a table and stormed off. In Miami, where Fizdale was part of four NBA Finals trips and two championships as a longtime assistant to Erik Spoelstra, the rant was applauded by Heat president Pat Riley.

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