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Celtics' risk-taking could pay off

Post-up defense will be test for Boston without Kendrick Perkins

Updated: February 25, 2011, 1:25 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

With one trade, the most tested starting lineup in the NBA broke up.

Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo started 221 games together for the Boston Celtics, including the postseason, easily more than any other unit in the NBA over the past four seasons.

Together, they boasted a 128-46 regular-season record and were 30-17 in the postseason, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Through almost four seasons, they shared the court for 4,349 ...

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