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Matt Harvey celebrates Tommy John surgery anniversary with middle finger picture

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Tuesday marked the sixth month anniversary of New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old righthander acknowledged the milestone on Twitter with a somewhat inappropriate picture that he quickly deleted.

We can understand why Harvey thought better of leaving the photo on his Twitter page, but everyone should also be able to understand how a young athlete could feel that way about major reconstructive surgery. Here’s what Harvey’s initial tweet said.

Athletes from New York have done much stranger things from hospital rooms than flipping the bird. At least Harvey didn’t stand up on the window sill and moon traffic that was driving by.

Photo: Twitter/SportsBlogNewYork

Kevin Durant makes ridiculous 4-point play (Video)

Kevin Durant continues to make the impossible possible.

Durant completed an absurd 4-point play in the final 20 seconds of Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff game with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night by throwing up a wild 3-pointer as he was falling out of bounds and drawing a foul on the play.

Not only did KD make the three, but he also made the free throw.

Look at him – his body was like “The Matrix” on the shot:

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Evan Mathis pranked Eagles reporter Paul Domowitch

Evan-MathisPhiladelphia Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis has been the center of trade rumors this offseason. He is scheduled to make roughly $5 million per season over the next three years, and he apparently believes he is worth more. The 32-year-old wants a new contract but Chip Kelly doesn’t seem concerned if he has to replace him. As a result, there has been speculation that Mathis would skip some offseason workouts.

On Sunday, Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Mathis would not be present when the Eagles began their voluntary workout program on Monday. Domowitch knew that because Mathis texted him the following map when he asked the veteran guard if he would be attending OTAs.

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Domowitch later told Deadspin that Mathis apologized to him, saying that he was just having a little fun and that he can be taken at his word but “never for my pics, pins, [and] emoticons.” Mathis even retweeted Domowitch’s report just to make him look bad.

That’s pretty cold. Sarcasm can be impossible to detect via text, so you can’t blame Domowitch for taking Mathis’ Turks and Caicos message at face value. Having said that, Mathis is a known jokester who once pretended he was peeing on an IRS building sign. We should probably always be a little skeptical of stuff he says.

Billy Hamilton beats out ground ball to FIRST BASE for infield single (Video)

Billy Hamilton firstBilly Hamilton continues to amaze us with some of his incredible actions on the field.

Two days after embarrassing himself with one of the worst swings we’ve ever seen a major leaguer take, Hamilton pulled off one of the most amazing plays we’ve seen this season.

Hamilton was batting with one out in the top of the third Sunday against the Chicago Cubs and hit a simple ground ball to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo fielded it cleanly and then was deciding whether he was going to take it to the bag himself or flip to pitcher Carlos Villanueva. In the time he was waiting for Villanueva, Hamilton, who is one of the fastest players in history, beat it out to the bag for an infield single.

Yes, Billy Hamilton got a hit on a routine ground ball to first. FIRST.

Who does that? Seriously, who the eff does that?

I thought it was pretty awesome when Hamilton scored on a routine popup to shallow right field, but this definitely topped it. This guy has insane wheels.

Tip via Mr. H

Dwight Howard, Robin Lopez both get technicals for Howard being a baby (GIFs)

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If Game 1 was any indication, the opening round playoff series between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers could be one of the best of the postseason. The Blazers came away with a 122-120 overtime victory on Sunday in a game that got very chippy at times, especially between Dwight Howard and Robin Lopez.

Lopez and Howard battled in the low post throughout most of the night. Howard finished with 15 rebounds and 27 points while Lopez had eight boards and scored six. Late in the second quarter, Howard was called for a loose ball foul while the two were fighting for a rebound. He was then given a technical foul after he appeared to intentionally drop the ball on Lopez.

It didn’t end there. The Rockets were very fortunate Howard was not given his second technical and ejected from the game in the fourth quarter when he blatantly elbowed Lopez in the midsection after a whistle.

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Mark Cuban gives great SMH look during Spurs run (Video)

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, and the game was actually very close until the end.

The Mavs were up 81-73 with seven minutes left in the game, but San Antonio went on a 15-0 run to take a commanding lead that they would not relinquish. It was during that run when cameras caught the priceless reaction from Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who clearly was not impressed by his team’s performance.

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If there is a better SMH moment during these playoffs, you’ll have to let me know.

Gregg Popovich’s interview with Craig Sager’s son might make you cry (Video)

Gregg Popovich Craig Sager JrGregg Popovich loves to give sideline reporters a hard time for in-game interviews, but he seems to take particular pleasure in hassling TNT’s Craig Sager.

Pop has been so hard on Sager in the past that there’s been a compilation video of all the times the Spurs coach messed with the reporter.

But Sager’s son, Craig Sager Jr., announced during the week that his dad is battling leukemia. So TNT had the younger Sager fill in for his dad during Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks playoff series, and junior asked the coach a few questions. He got two answers, then Pop complimented him on the questions, and then Sager Jr. asked if Pop had anything he wanted to say to the elder Sager.

And, boy, did Pop come through. He delivered a really endearing message to Sager and told him how much he was missed. He even promised to be nice to him in the future!

“I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here.”

And how’s this? Pop specifically asked for Sager Jr. to interview him after the third quarter:

And if that wasn’t enough …

I guess it was all in love all along. Maybe Pop isn’t so bad after all.