On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns 105-115 and ended their three-game winning streak. Less than four minutes before the end of the game, with a ten-point deficit, “Lakers” quarterback Beverly was sent off. Homes star Devin Booker earned an unsportsmanlike conduct against Austin Reaves, but Beverley shoved fellow Suns star DeAndre Ayton in the back after the episode ended.
“Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games without pay for aggressively shoving Ayton in the back and pushing Ayton to the ground. Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike conduct is taken into account in determining the suspension,” the league said in a statement. Beverly will lose 269 thousand dollars. In the summer of 2021, Beverley, at that time representing the other Los Angeles team “Clippers”, did a similar thing against the “Clippers”, at the end of the playoff series when he was down 26 points during the break, pushing Chris Paul, who made a long shot, in the back. Beverley was fined one game, missing the start of the following season.
Beverley, who admitted wrongdoing after being pushed by Ayton, has started 14 games this season and is averaging 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 fouls in 27.4 minutes. The Lakers will visit the San Antonio Spurs twice in the next few days, whom they recently defeated at home 123-92, and Beverley will also have to miss a home game against the Indiana Pacers. With five wins and eleven losses, the Los Angeles team occupies the penultimate place in the Western Conference. Beverley, who also played for the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves in his NBA career, is in his first season with the Lakers.