The NBA suspended Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverly three games for shoving Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton when the big man wasn't looking and causing him to fall to the court in L.A.'s game against the Suns on Tuesday.
According to the league's statement, the suspension was based on Beverley's history of unsportsmanlike acts.
According to Bobby Marks, the suspension will cost Beverley $268,965 in salary.
The Lakers will play their back-to-back road games against the Spurs on Friday and Saturday and then at home against the Pacers on Monday.
The Lakers' Austin Reaves was on the floor after being hit by a foul by the Suns' Devin Booker when he was assessed a technical foul for charging into Ayton after Ayton stood over Reaves. In the fourth quarter of the Lakers' loss in Phoenix, there was a sequence.
After the game, he said he was worried that the league would discipline him and that he would accept the punishment that was meted out.
It was very un professional by myself. He said that there could have been a different reaction. I'm a large boy. I'll take my punishment when they arrive.
Shortly before the suspension was announced, Beverley had a different tone to her postings.
The Suns were on the verge of beating the L.A. Clippers in the Western Conference finals when Chris Paul was pushed in the back by Patrick Beverly.
In 14 starts for the Lakers, he's averaged 4.1 points, 3.8 rebound and 2.9 assists. He is not shooting the ball well from the field and the 3-point line.