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The NBA announced On Thursday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley was suspended for three games for pushing Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind during Tuesday’s Phoenix 115-105 win.
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The incident happened in the fourth quarter when Ayton was standing over Lakers wing Austin Reaves (20 second mark of the video):
Beverley will serve the suspension against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.
Before the suspension was announced, Beverly seemed to disagree with the decision on Twitter:
Talking to reporters After the game, Beverley didn’t apologize for pushing Ayton:
“I’ve got one person on the floor, two people looking over mean mugging and blowing their chests and referees don’t get around to sort of separate it to control the game so I’m going to stand up for my teammate. …
“I won’t do that. Of course, it’s unfortunate that it happened on national television. But you know me: Regardless of what’s going on, I’m a huge fan of protecting my teammates. …Me “I’m a burrow guy. I put on the jersey and I’m committed to a team, I’m committed to a city and that’s sort of my motto. I’m a burrow guy.”
“However, a very unfortunate situation.”
After the Phoenix win, Sun’s All-Star Guard Devin Booker addressed the altercation between Beverley and Ayton in an interview with TNT’s Chris Haynes (50-second mark):
Booker said Beverley “has to stop pushing people in the back” and suggested solving problems face-to-face.
The crew on TNTs Inside the NBA also discussed the situation, and Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith gave different takes (at 4:30 in the video):
The Lakers acquired Beverly in August in a trade that sent Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to the Utah Jazz.
In his 11th NBA season, the 34-year-old is averaging a career-low 4.1 points per game with 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He shoots just 26.6 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from beyond the arc.
With Russell Westbrook’s struggles last season, the Lakers brought in Beverley to take some of the point guard minutes, but the move didn’t pay off and LA is 5-11.
Due to his suspension, Beverley will miss two games against the Spurs and one against the Indiana Pacers before returning on Nov. 30 when the Lakers host the Portland Trail Blazers.