Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVNovember 24, 2022
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 22: Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns falls over Austin Reaves #15 of the Los Angles Lakers after being pushed by Patrick Beverley #21during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on November 22, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Beverley was ejected on the play. The Suns defeated the Lakers 115-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The NBA suspended Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverly for three games for pushing Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind.

In the fourth quarter, Ayton stood over Reaves.

The ban will be served against the Spurs.

Before the suspension was announced, Beverley seemed to disagree with it.

Patrick Beverley @patbev21

Hear they trying to give me the book 🤦🏾‍♂️

He did not apologize for pushing Ayton.

"Got a person on the ground, two people looking over mean-mugging and puffing their chest out and referees don't get into it to control the game, so I'm going to stand up for my teammate."

I won't go for that. It's unfortunate that it happened on tv. Regardless of what's happening, I like to protect my teammates. I'm a person who likes to play with things. I commit to a team when I put on the jersey, and I commit to a city when I leave. I'm a person who likes to play with things.

It's a very unfortunate situation.

In an interview with Chris Haynes of TNT, Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker talked about the altercation between Ayton and Beverly.

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Booker said that Beverley needs to stop pushing people in the back.

The crew on Inside the NBA talked about the situation and gave differing opinions.

In August, the Lakers traded Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the acquisition of Patrick Beverly.

He is averaging a career-low 4.1 points per game in his 11th NBA season. He is not shooting the ball very well from the field and beyond the line.

The Lakers brought in Patrick Beverly to take on some of the point guard minutes, but the move hasn't paid off and L.A. is 5-11

Because of his suspension, he will be out for two games against the Spurs and one against the Pacers.