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Dwyane Wade insists he is not disrespectful after Canadian national anthem incident

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Dwyane Wade was criticised after game three of the Miami Heat's Eastern Conference semi-finals series with the Toronto Raptors for what was seen as a lack of respect for the Canadian national anthem. 

Before the game began, the anthems from both the United States and their North American neighbours were played inside the American Airlines Arena and a video surfaced online showing the Heat shooting guard throwing up shots during 'O Canada'.

There was a sizeable backlash on social media as a number of people accused him of showing no respect. The three-time champion responded to those accusations on Sunday and insisted he was not that kind of person. 

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Via the Palm Beach Post, he said: "You're always sensitive to anything throughout the world. I'm not thinking about nothing like that. I'm thinking about what I need to do before every game that I prepare for and have been doing my whole career. 

"I understand whatever's said from that standpoint, but I'm not a disrespectful person. If anybody thinks I'm being disrespectful to their country, then they have no idea who Dwyane Wade is.

"No disrespect from myself or Amar'e (Stoudemire) or anybody. If anybody feels like it was, please don't fill up my timeline with disrespectful comments, because that's not this guy right here. Find somebody else with that."

Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors - Game One

LOSS

Wade's pre-game ritual could not stop the Heat falling to defeat in what could prove to be a vital game in the series. Having taken a 1-0 lead, the Heat now find themselves 2-1 down and have handed the advantage back to the Canadian organisation. 

In a series that has swung back and forth and seen two overtime encounters, it would come as no surprise to see the Heat take game four and head back to Toronto level. Given the importance of game five and the reaction to Wade's actions, the atmosphere is sure to be electric. 

Both organisations have had to deal with the loss of important pieces in their respective puzzles. Hassan Whiteside suffered a right knee sprain in South Beach - a recurrence of his game one issue - and will be out for the rest of the series while Jonas Valanciunas is also missing after injuring his ankle during the same game. 

Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat - Game Three

The return to form of Lowry could be a huge factor and it seems the series could be about to turn into the backcourt battle we all expected. 

Wade has been in fine form throughout the playoffs and his 38-point outing came in vain last time out. His teammate Goran Dragic has improved his outlay significantly in the postseason while DeMar DeRozan will also be keen to have a say.

Topics:
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