BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics put 37-year-old guard Dana
Barros on their playoff roster Thursday after he sat out all last
season and played one game this season.
That game was Wednesday night's 137-132 win over the Atlanta
Hawks in the regular-season finale. Barros, who became an assistant
coach on Feb. 4, scored six points in 11 minutes.
Boston (36-46) opens the best-of-seven series Saturday against
Indiana, which has the NBA's best record, 61-21.
Paul Pierce, who sat out the last two games to rest a sprained
ankle, also was put on the roster, as expected.
After Wednesday's game, Barros said it didn't matter whether he
was activated for the playoffs. The players who were on the team
all season deserve a spot, he said.
"I'll do whatever they need," he said. "I'm not sure what
I've got, but they can have what I've got."
Barros, a 13-year veteran, hadn't played in the NBA since
2001-2002 with Detroit. One reason he was hired as an assistant was
to help another point guard, rookie Marcus Banks.
Banks scored a career-high 28 points Wednesday night.
"I used to watch Dana when I was a little boy," Banks said.
"It's good to see a guy at his age get out there (who) can run up
and down every day with us young guys."
Barros was put on the roster instead of rookie forward Kendrick
Perkins, who spent most of the season with the Celtics, but rarely
played. Boston still has Mark Blount, Chris Mihm and Michael
Stewart to play that position.
Blount knows the Celtics face a difficult challenge against the
"Their coach, Rick Carlisle, has done a great job with those
guys, not only the starters," Blount said. "He's got those guys
coming off the bench understanding their role."
He also said the Celtics must play much better defense than they
did Wednesday night.
"I'm going to try to talk to some of these guys and let them
know the playoffs are different," Blount said. "It's night and
day. Everybody knows each other's plays."
The Celtics made the playoffs despite a season of upheaval in
which coach Jim O'Brien resigned. They traded Antoine Walker before
the season started, then made major deals with Cleveland and
Detroit. Guards Ricky Davis and Chucky Atkins, obtained in those
trades, have helped.
But Indiana should be a big favorite.
"We're going to see a well-oiled machine that, if you don't
come with your 'A' game, will make you look silly," Boston coach
John Carroll said.