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Dwyane Wade issued a full apology for 'O Canada' incident after game four

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There was a lot of commotion on social media following the Toronto Raptors' game three win over the Miami Heat in their Eastern Conference playoff semi-finals series. 

No, not due to the fact the Raptors had taken a game from Miami to lead the series 2-1, but because of the actions of Dwyane Wade before tipoff. 

The shooting guard was pictured taking shots during the Canadian national anthem and many people were quick to label the perennial All-Star as disrespectful.

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On Monday, Wade insisted that he was not disrespectful and following game four, where he produced another incredible performance to help lift his team to an overtime victory and level the series, he issued a full apology to the States' North American neighbours. 

After dropping 30 points in the 94-87 victory, he said: "No disrespect at all from me. I apologise for Canada thinking I would disrespect them as a country. So today, I just adjusted how I normally get ready for a game and got in the line first.

"I have so much respect for the Toronto Raptors, obviously, and I have respect for the country of Canada. So I didn't mean any disrespect."

Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat - Game Four

Wade's usual routine involves the guard making a certain style of shot before lining up for the 'Star Spangled Banner'. Usual Heat home games involve a military ceremony, which gives him extra time make the shot.

He did not account for the inclusion of 'O Canada' in game three but made sure he was fully prepared and in line on Monday night to avoid any further issues. 

DIFFERENCE

The change in his pre-game ritual had little to no effect on Wade as he produced yet another scintillating display as the series took another swing. 

He was 13-of-24 from the field for his game-high points tally, pulled down four rebounds, provided two assists and also stole the ball a couple of times as the Heat overcame the Raptors in a vital clash. 

While Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been battling their own demons throughout the playoffs, Wade has been the one consistent for Miami that gives them the hope of producing something special.

Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat - Game Four

This is the 11th postseason campaign the 34-year-old has participated in and he is leading by example; averaging 22 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. 

The form of Wade will certainly be the difference between the Miami setting up an Eastern Conference Finals encounter with the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James or packing their bags for the summer. 

The idea of a series between LeBron and the Heat is enough to get any fan excited - except for Toronto, of course - and with three games left, their future is in the balance. Game five will be incredible.

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Southeast Division
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