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

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

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

Take a look.

It’s not likeOops. It’s a run-start job at shoulder level. It would be shocking if Beverley doesn’t end up suspended for at least one game, if not multiple games, for that action. You can understand Beverley not liking Ayton apparently taunting a teammate on the ground, but it’s completely uncalled for.

Beverley called the incident “very unfortunate” but said he did not appreciate Ayton’s “fraudulent” Reaves. It appears the Suns prefer Beverley to at least handle his business face-to-face.

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

Suns coach Monty Williams called it “stupid” that Beverley shoved Ayton in the back and said the league definitely needs to look into the play. The Lakers, of course, had a different take on the incident.

Maybe in the old NBA, Beverley will get away with it. 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 NBA’s only team without a road win.

As a result of the suspension, Beverley will now miss a pair of road games against the San Antonio Spurs as well as a matchup against the Indiana Pacers.

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