Lakers’ Patrick Beverley banned for three games for “vigorously shoving” Suns’ Deandre Ayton from behind

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Patrick Beverley was ejected late Tuesday night in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ loss to Phoenix, and he found out on Thanksgiving of all days that he received a three-game suspension for “forcefully shoving” Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind during the fourth quarter of their game at Footprint Center.

From the looks of it, Beverley didn’t like the six-foot Ayton standing over Reaves, who was knocked to the ground after a flagrant foul (face contact) from Devin Booker.

Have a look.

That is not truehove. That’s a job with a flying start, at shoulder level. It would be shocking if Beverley wasn’t suspended for at least a game, if not several games, for that act. You can understand that Beverley doesn’t like Ayton seemingly challenging a teammate on the ground, but that’s completely inappropriate.

Beverley called the incident “very unfortunate” but said he didn’t appreciate Ayton Reaves doing “vile robbery”. It seems the Suns would prefer Beverley to at least handle his business personally.

“[Patrick] gotta stop shoving people in the back,” Devin Booker said of Beverley’s hit.” Push them into the chest. That’s all I have to say.”

Suns coach Monty Williams called Beverley pushing Ayton in the back “stupid” and said the league should definitely watch the game. The Lakers, of course, had a different take on the incident.

Maybe Beverley can get away with that in the old NBA. But not today. Despite a monster performance from Anthony Davis (37 points, 21 rebounds, five blocks and five steals), the Lakers lost the game 115-105 to fall to 5-11 on the season and are the only NBA team without victory on the road. .

As a result of the suspension, Beverley will now miss a few away games against the San Antonio Spurs and a game against the Indiana Pacers.

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