Patrick Beverley of the Lakers suspended for three games without pay

The NBA felt that “Patrick Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike actions” was instrumental in the Lakers’ point guard being suspended for three games without pay for “hard pushing” Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind and knocking him onto the Footprint Center court. during a loss On Tuesday, the league announced Thursday.

While Beverly will begin serving his suspension on Friday night when Lakers play the San Antonio Spurs for the first of two consecutive games here, Los Angeles is waiting for the return of LeBron James, who has missed the last five games due to deformity of the left adductor muscle.

Beverley, who will also miss Saturday night’s game against the Spurs and Monday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers at the Arena, admitted after Tuesday night’s game that his behavior was “grossly unprofessional” and replied: “Yes of course,” when asked if he expects the NBA to take action against him.

“Very unprofessional on its own,” he said Tuesday night. “Of course, one could have reacted differently. So yes, I’m a big boy. I’ll take my bumps, however they come.”

The incident began after Austin Reeves was badly fouled by Suns defenseman Devin Booker, putting Lakers defenseman on the court. Booker then looked at Reeves before being called for a flagrant 1 foul penalty for hitting Reeves in the nose with 3 minutes 55 seconds left in the game.

A few seconds later, Ayton walked over, looked down at Reeves, and stood over the Lakers guard. It was then that Beverly pushed Ayton from behind, causing him to trip over Reeves and fall.

Beverley and Ayton received technical fouls and Beverley was ejected from the game.

“This shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” Beverly said. “But I’m a big fan of my teammate’s defense. Especially the teammates I fight every night. So, I felt like the piece was out of control after a glare at Austin Reeves in the performance of The Book, and then another glare from Ayton. And the judges didn’t actually come and break it. So I’m not going to do it. … That’s what I saw.

“Of course it’s a shame that this happened on national television, but you know me, no matter what happens, I’m a big fan of my teammates’ defense. … I’m a guy from the trench. I put on a jersey and give myself to the team, I give myself to the cause of the city, and this is kind of my motto. I’m the guy from the foxhole. However, it is a very unfortunate situation.”

It was obvious that the NBA took into account the situation between Beverly and Chris Paul. When Beverley played for the Clippers and they made it to the 2021 Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix, Beverley pushed Paul in the back. According to the NBA, Beverley was suspended for one game without pay for “an unsportsmanlike act.”

In 14 games as a starter for the Lakers this season, Beverley averaged 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists, as well as 26.6% shooting from the field and 23.8% from three-pointers.