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Avery Bradley 'sick' of sitting on sideline, targets Sunday return

Celtics guard Avery Bradley is seeking to return to action Sunday against the Grizzlies. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley said he's feeling better after enduring a hip pointer in Saturday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets and is targeting a return to action Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Bradley was hit in the left hip while chasing an offensive rebound early in the second quarter. He tried to play through the initial discomfort, but soon took himself out of the game.

"I feel a lot better," Bradley said before sitting out Wednesday's visit from the Detroit Pistons. Bradley will travel with the team on its upcoming three-game road trip but is expected to sit out Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

"It still hurts me a little bit to move or even cough. The worst is sneezing. It was painful, but the trainers are doing a great job. We've been doing two-a-days, so I feel a lot better. It's not swollen anymore, so I'm excited to get back on the court. I'm kind of bored, man."

Told he looked bored while unable to participate in Tuesday's practice session, Bradley added, "I'm ready to be back on the floor. I'm sick of sitting on the sidelines."

Bradley said this is the first time he's had a hip pointer and said he's been uncomfortable.

"Everyone told me it's very painful, but I didn't think it would be as painful as it really is," Bradley said. "[It hurts] when I sneeze, cough, or even laugh, believe it or not -- everything hurts. I can sit down now, I can lay down. The first few nights I couldn't even do those things, but I feel good now.

"It's just a pain tolerance [thing]. I think I'll be fine. I just need to make sure it's padded up. I just need to worry about getting hit in that spot again. I feel like I can protect it good enough to the point where I can go out there and play and not think about it."

Bradley is averaging 14.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting this season over 31.2 minutes per game. He is shooting 38.2 percent beyond the 3-point arc while attempting a career-high 5.7 triples per game.

With Marcus Smart still working his way back from a knee injury, the Celtics have started Evan Turner in Bradley's spot during his absence.