In the Los Angeles Lakers’ fourth quarter loss to the Phoenix Suns 115-105 on Tuesday, defenseman Patrick Beverly violently pushed Suns big man Deandre Ayton and was suspended as a result.
Beverly saved after the game that he did it because Ayton was apparently taunting Austin Reeves, who fell to the ground after being punched in the face by Devin Booker, which was ruled a flagrant foul.
In fact, Reeves subsequently came to Beverly’s defense.
No wonder the NBA suspended Beverly for three games on Thursday. He will be out until Wednesday, November 30, when Los Angeles hosts the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Lakers might not miss Beverley’s cold-blooded shooting (he’s only shooting 26.6% overall and 23.8% from threes this season), but they’ll miss his defensive strength, not to mention his lead. at this end of the site.
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