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Drake's handshake with Paul Pierce has Raptors fans fuming

With Toronto trailing its first-round series 2-0 to the Washington Wizards, an image of Drake shaking hands with Paul Pierce is causing a stir on social media.

Wizards veteran public enemy No. 1 in Toronto

Was it appropriate for Raptors global ambassador Drake to shake hands with Paul Pierce? (Twitter)

Did Drake just shake hands with the devil?

He might as well have, as far as Raptors fans are concerned.

With Toronto trailing its first-round series 2-0 to the Washington Wizards, an image of Drake shaking hands with Paul Pierce is causing a stir on social media.

Why would Drake, the Raptors global ambassador, be so friendly with the Wizards star who has become public enemy No. 1 in Toronto?

Prior to the series, Pierce cut the Raptors with a derogatory comment, saying Toronto didn't have the "it" factor to succeed in the playoffs.

It is, of course, a matter of interpretation.

Does "it" mean being able to win on home court? Does "it" mean being able to match or exceed the opposing team's intensity? If that's the case, Pierce was probably right.

Whatever the case, Pierce was mercilessly booed in Games 1 and 2 by fans at the Air Canada Centre. By everyone but Drake that is, so it seems.

And as if that wasn't enough. Pierce said he really wants to sweep the Raptors so he doesn't have to go through customs again.

Take that, Canada.

Local politician not impressed

Meanwhile, Norm Kelly, a Toronto city councillor, called out the rapper and Raptors' global ambassador for the controversial photo.

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With files from The Canadian Press

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