Beverley himself predicted he would face some level of punishment for flagrantly fouling a cheap shot on Phoenix Suns center Deender Ayton, and admitted in the post-game that he regretted the incident.
said the 6’1 veteran guard after the fact that he took offense at Phoenix big man for standing over Lakers guard Austin Reeves, who was knocked to the floor by All-Star Suns guard Devin Booker as the two wrestled for a late rebound in the Lakers’ 115-105 loss in the end. The End. As Ayton stood on top of Reeves, Beverley collided with him completely, pushing the big man to the ground. The Lakers and Suns players were suddenly about to trade blows. The umpires ejected Beverley, Ayton gave a technique, and Booker was whistled for a foul.
In its press release, the league noted that Beverly’s past behavior over the years factored into its decision to impose a suspension rather than a small fine. He actually pulled the same running back play against the Suns two years ago while still with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2021 Western Conference Finals, though that time it was against Chris Paul.
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I’m not the first person to suggest this, but this moment could be a blessing in disguise for a Los Angeles club that could potentially benefit from fewer Patrick Beverley minutes. You really had high hopes for the three-time All-Defensive Teamer heading into the season, who the Lakers should have acquired in the off-season to serve as Russell Westbrook’s replacement on the Los Angeles roster.
Although Beverley had already replaced Ross as the team’s starting point guard, Beverley’s production has fallen off a cliff, while Westbrook has thrived since being moved to the bench. That push was one of the most memorable things Beverly has done on the basketball court all year. He averaged a career-worst 4.1 points a game—his career-worst field goal average of 26.6% in 27.4 minutes a night. If Beverly can’t provide any offensive firepower anymore, one wonders how far he should already be in the team’s rotation.
With Beverley unavailable, one wonders if head coach Darvin Ham will choose starting Reaves or Dennis Schröder at point guard. With LeBron James sidelined, Reaves recently entered the starting lineup at shooting guard while regular shooting guard Lonnie Walker was moved to small forward. James could be back as soon as tomorrow, but now Reeves probably won’t need to be demoted.
Reaves seems to be the more interesting and consistent two-way player than Schroeder at this point in their careers, but Schroeder is a proud veteran who might be hoping for the nod, despite being completely erratic in his three games in the lineup. After pre-season UCL surgery.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks Reports indicate that Beverly will lose $89,655 per contest as a result of sitting out these next three games, for a total of $268,966.