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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Bradley (ankle) hopes to play Sunday

By Chris Forsberg

Joe Murphy/Getty ImagesCeltics guard Avery Bradley sprained his left ankle during Friday's loss in Philly.
PHILADELPHIA -- Celtics reserve guard Avery Bradley sat out the second half of Friday's loss to the Philaldelphia 76ers due to a sprained left ankle and despite hobbling a bit through the locker room, expressed hope at being back on the floor for Sunday's visit from the Washington Wizards.

Bradley said he landed awkwardly while chasing a rebound late in the first half and couldn't get back on the floor after the intermission.

"I’ll be able to deal with it," said Bradley. "I can’t really run right now. I'm hoping that [Saturday] it’ll get better. I’ll be ready to play in our next game. When’s our next game, Sunday? Hopefully I’ll be able to play."

Bradley has been one of the Celtics' more durable players, appearing in a team-high 45 games this season. This after sitting out much of his rookie season while battling ankle woes stemming from an injury in a pre-draft workout.

On Friday, the Celtics were playing without Ray Allen, who also has an ankle injury, and lost Mickael Pietrus to a scary head injury.

Bradley chipped in 3 points, making only his second career 3-pointer, over 14 minutes, 11 seconds of floor time.