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Lakers’ Patrick Beverley suspended three video games for ‘forcefully shoving’ Suns’ Deandre Ayton from behind

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Patrick Beverley was ejected late within the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ loss to Phoenix on Tuesday night time, and he discovered on Thanksgiving of all days that he has received a three-game suspension for “forcefully shoving” Suns heart Deandre Ayton from behind in the course of the fourth quarter of their matchup at Footprint Middle. 

From the appears of it, Beverley did not just like the seven-foot Ayton standing over Reaves, who was knocked to the bottom after a flagrant foul (contact with the face) from Devin Booker. 

Take a look. 

That isn’t a shove. That is a running-start, shoulder-leading stage job. It might be surprising if Beverley would not find yourself suspended for at the least a recreation, if not a number of video games, for that act. You possibly can perceive Beverley not liking Ayton seemingly taunting a teammate on the bottom, however that’s completely uncalled for. 

Beverley known as the incident “very unlucky” however mentioned he did not respect Ayton “mean-mugging” Reaves. It appears the Suns would like Beverley at the least deal with his enterprise face-to-face. 

“[Patrick] must cease pushing individuals within the again,” Devin Booker mentioned of Beverley’s hit. “Push them within the chest. That is all I’ve received to say.”

Suns coach Monty Williams known as it “foolish” that Beverley shoved Ayton within the again and mentioned the league positively wants to have a look at the play. The Lakers, in fact, had a special view of the incident. 

Perhaps within the outdated NBA, Beverley will get away with that. However not right this moment. The Lakers, regardless of a monster efficiency from Anthony Davis (37 factors, 21 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 5 steals), misplaced the sport 115-105 to fall to 5-11 on the season and are the NBA’s solely crew and not using a highway win. 

On account of the suspension, Beverley will now miss a pair of highway video games towards the San Antonio Spurs in addition to a matchup towards the Indiana Pacers. 

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