Patrick Beverley and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers Nov 22, 2022; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) reacts after Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley (21) pushed him to the ground in the second half at Footprint Center. Beverley was ejected from the game. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

The Phoenix Suns‘ 115-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night was marred by an altercation between teams after Lakers guard Patrick Beverley shoved Suns center Deandre Ayton to the floor:

“Pat Beverley knocks down Ayton for taunting Austin Reaves,” a Lakers fan account tweeted.

The NBA announced Beverley’s punishment Thursday:

“The NBA has suspended Lakers guard Patrick Beverley for three games,” NBA insider Shams Charania tweeted.

Beverley forecasted bad news for himself an hour before the suspension came down:

“Hear they [are] trying to give me the book,” Beverley tweeted. The guard will miss roughly $269,000 of wages during the suspension.

The NBA world was quick to react to the news:

“Patrick Beverley is a Cheap Shot Coward & Punk,” one fan wrote. “He has a history of cheap shots & a 3-day suspension is not enough! Beverly is a disgrace to the Lakers and the NBA He should be forced into anger counseling & put on notice next time it will be a permeant suspension!”

“I think he’ll be okay even if they quadrupled the fine,” another fan wrote.

“Y gotta stop with the childish antics,” one fan wrote about Beverley. “It should be 5+ games cuz you’re a repeat multiple time offender. What part of leadership is that?”

That was a bush league move by Lakers guard Patrick Beverley on Phoenix center Deandre Ayton,” one fan wrote.

The stupidest thing about Patrick Beverley pushing Ayton is that he could have seriously hurt Austin Reeves who he supposedly was sticking up for,” another fan wrote.

Beverley can return to action Nov. 30th against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Lakers are next in action Friday when they travel to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs.

[Shams Charania]