If the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat on Monday night, they’ll have the chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals by winning Game 5 two days later. Air Canada Centre, needless to say, was always going to be rocking regardless of Wednesday’s stakes – even before Dwyane Wade gave his opponent’s rabid fan base a non-basketball reason to antagonize him.
The Heat legend angered a sizable subset of league followers, Canadian or otherwise, by shooting jumpers during the performance of “O Canada” prior to tipoff of Saturday’s game.
That’s Wade in the video below, continuing his warmup with Amar’e Stoudemire as the Canadian National Anthem is being sung at half court. Note that each of his teammates has lined up to respect our northern neighbors, too, just as they – and the Raptors, it bears mentioning – always do when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is performed before every NBA game regardless of the teams competing.