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What They Were Thinking: Flipping for the Celtics

Ray Butler, a “Green Team” cheerleader, does a wall flip near the arena-level elevators an hour before the Celtics-Suns game at TD Garden.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Ray Butler, a “Green Team” cheerleader, does a wall flip near the arena-level elevators an hour before the Celtics-Suns game at TD Garden.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Ray Butler, a “Green Team” cheerleader, does a wall flip near the arena-level elevators an hour before the Celtics-Suns game at TD Garden, Jan. 9, 2013.

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Butler: “I’m just getting myself amped up for the game. We usually arrive two hours early. We come in, change, go through the routines, the promotions, and then we just warm up and get loose. I don’t want my muscles to fail me when I’m on the court in front of thousands and take a spill. It’s happened — not during the game but during practice. We were warming up for the playoffs last season and I was going to try a big trick and I was kind of fatigued. I went up and I came right back down on my back. I landed like an accordion, legs over my head on the parquet. The first thing I’m doing is looking for the wall so I make sure I don’t miss my first step. Then I commit to it. I take the first step, I step backwards, and then I look for the ground to spot my landing and then pray to God I land on my feet.”

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