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Lakers’ Patrick Beverley suspended 3 games for shoving incident


Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games for ‘forcefully pushing’ Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton when the big man wasn’t looking and knocking him down the field during the game. Los Angeles against the Suns on Tuesday, the NBA announced Thursday.

In the league’s statement, attributed to executive vice president and chief basketball operations officer Joe Dumars, the suspension was explained as being “based in part on Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike acts.”

The suspension is without pay and will cost Beverley $268,965 in salary, according to ESPN’s front office insider Bobby Marks.

Beverley will miss the Lakers’ back-to-back games against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday and Saturday, as well as their home game Monday against the Indiana Pacers.

Beverley received a technical foul and was sent off for charging Ayton after Ayton stood over Lakers swingman Austin Reaves, while Reaves was down following a flagrant foul by Suns guard Devin Booker. The streak came with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 115-105 loss to Phoenix.

After the game, Beverley said he was “for sure” worried the league would sanction him for his actions and added that he would accept the punishment given.

“Very unprofessional on my own. I definitely could have reacted in a different way,” he said. “So, yeah, I’m a big boy. I’ll take my bumps as they come.”

However, shortly before the suspension was announced on Thanksgiving afternoon, Beverley tweeted with a different tone.

Before Tuesday’s incident, in the 2021 Western Conference Finals and with the Suns poised to beat the LA Clippers for a trip to the championship round, Beverley – then with the Clips – pushed Suns guard Chris Paul in the back.

Beverley is averaging 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 14 starts for the Lakers. He’s shooting career lows from the field (26.6%) and from the 3-point line (23.8%).



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