Patrick Beverley could be fined and suspended for shoving Deandre Ayton during Tuesday night's matchup. With just under four minutes left in the game, the LA Lakers point guard was ejected from the game.
The NBA veteran knew that he was going to be suspended, which is why he started heading towards the locker room shortly after his on-court altercation. However, there might be an additional punishment.
According to reports, Beverley could receive a fine of up to $50,000 and a one-game suspension. While his on-court incident may not warrant a suspension, the point guard has a rather controversial history, which could be a deciding factor.
Patrick Beverley could be suspended and fined
With 3 minutes and 55 seconds left in the game against the Phoenix Suns, Austin Reaves drove to the rim against Devin Booker. The 6-foot-5 Lakers guard was blocked by Booker and fell to the ground.
While Reaves was on the ground, both Booker and Ayton taunted him. This did not sit well with Beverley. Provoked by their actions, Beverley bumped into Ayton and shoved him to the floor.
After the replay review, officials ejected Patrick Beverley from the game, while Ayton also received a technical foul for taunting Reaves. Additionally, Booker received a flagrant foul for hitting Reaves on his shot attempt.
There is no doubt that this was a hostile act by the Lakers point guard, which is why he might face a suspension. Considering how hard the physical contact was, it is almost certain that he won't get away without a fine.
The Lakers are up against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at the AT&T Center. Therefore, the league could take some time to review the incident before deciding what to do with Beverley.
Beverley is there for his teammates
After the game, the Lakers point guard said that it was unfortunate that the incident happened on national TV. However, he did not like the behavior of the two Suns players, which is why he decided to step in.
"Regardless of what’s going on, I’m a big fan of protecting my teammates. I’m a foxhole guy. I put on the jersey, and I commit to a team, I commit to a city, and it’s kind of my motto,” Beverley said.
Beverley, who stands at 6-foot-1, is not scared of players who are bigger than him. He plays with a lot of heart and is one of the best glue guys in the league.
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The veteran point guard received a lot of support from his teammates and coach. Reaves was grateful for Beverley's actions, while Darvin Ham said that he had no problem with the guard playing tough basketball.