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Heat Fans To Sing National Anthem Solo

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View of the flag unfurled during the National Anthem before the start of the Boston Celtics against the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. (Photo Credit: Getty Images, By: Jesse D. Garrabrant)

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MIAMI (AP) — Since Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, the country has seen tremendous displays of patriotism. Those patriotic acts will likely continue as baseball, basketball and hockey teams continue their seasons.

The Miami Heat will break from tradition and not have anyone brought in to sing the national anthem before Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Instead, the Heat are encouraging fans to sing it themselves.

The Chicago Bulls also announced on Monday that Jim Cornelison would sing the National Anthem for the opening game of their series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Cornelison is the regular Anthem singer for Chicago Blackhawks home games, which include a standing ovation by the fans throughout the song’s entirety.

The Heat have honored soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at home games for several seasons, and say Tuesday’s game will include an enhanced military tribute.

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