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Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended for three games, without pay, after coming to his teammate’s defense and shoving Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton.
“Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games without pay for forcefully shoving Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind and knocking him to the court,” NBA Communications announced on Thursday.
Did Beverley have the suspension coming after the blatant offense to the NBA’s guidelines? Yes.
Did Ayton have the hit coming? Also yes.
The Lakers traveled to Footprint Center on Tuesday to face off against the Suns. During the fourth quarter, Lakers guard Austin Reaves got shoved by Suns star Devin Booker, which was called as a Flagrant 1.
Ayton put an exclamation point on the flagrant foul by standing over Reaves, which set Bev off.
Beverley, like any good teammate would, intervened by shoving Ayton, prompting a small scrum on the court. He was ejected from the game but lauded by enforcers around the Association for putting Ayton in his place.
Booker called out Bev for the dirty play after the game.
“Pat’s gotta stop pushing people in the back; push ’em in the chest,” Booker said.
It was the most backbone that the Lakers showed all season. They still lost the game, 115-105.