The Miami Heat will be getting a whole new slate of fans after the Philadelphia Sixers eliminated Toronto from the playoffs on Thursday, April 28, and Raptors superfan, Grammy-award-winning rapper Drake, is leading the charge.
After the Raptors lost 132-97 to Philadelphia in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoff series, the “Hotline Bling” performer personally approached Joel Embiid and said, “Now ya’ll about to get swept by Miami,” as the Sixers will face the No. 1 seed, the Heat, in the second round.
A video of the moment quickly went viral on Twitter, racking up over 450,000 views by Friday afternoon.
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Following Drake’s lead, numerous Raptors fans started tweeting out their support for the Heat to crush the Sixers. It’s a natural reaction not only because they’re angry at Philadelphia for ending their NBA season early, but the Heat also have the Raptors’ still beloved former superstar player, Kyle Lowry, as their point guard.
raptors fans lining up to join heat culture: pic.twitter.com/X7FFBGS5II
— alex (@steven_lebron) April 29, 2022
In a postgame interview, Embiid compared the Raptors’ style of playing to that of the Heat. “I think Toronto actually prepared us extremely well for them because you know they basically got the same skills,” the MVP candidate said.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 29, 2022
“They gonna switch everything, they got a big fellow that can guard 1 -5 so this was good preparation for us. But we know what we gotta do. As long as we take care of what we can control, play hard offensively and defensively, moving the ball, rebounding the ball – we’ll be fine.”
Sixer head coach Doc Rivers said of facing the Heat, “They’re good, they’re deep, they’re veterans. We’re going to go play grown men and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
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