The closing minutes of the fourth quarter of last night’s 115-105 Phoenix Suns wins over the Los Angeles Lakers. After this, things reached a boiling point on one relatively innocuous play.
At start, Lakers shooting guard Austin Reaves went up for a rebound against All-NBA Suns shooting guard Devin Booker.
Reaves was pushed by Booker, Beverley’s behavior criticized on the TNT broadcast
With 3:55 remaining in regulation, the game seemingly well in hand for Phoenix. Reaves was pushed by Booker to the ground and secured the ball. He was whistled for a Flagrant 1 foul. He then stepped aggressively over Reaves. In the midst of an eventual 14-point, Suns center Deandre Ayton with 15-rebound night. Heslid over to Reaves and stood over him.
L.A. starting point, Patrick Beverley took issue with this behavior. Beverley ran into Ayton, shoving him full-force from behind to send him spiraling. This obviously got Lakers and the Suns all hot and bothered. Later, Beverley’s behavior was criticized postgame on the TNT broadcast by a pair of all-time Suns.
Booker laid down this pearl of wisdom to TNT’s Chris Haynes
Booker laid down this pearl of wisdom to TNT’s Chris Haynes after the win. He scored 25 points during this.Booker said that”Pat to stop rushing people in the back man,” . “Push them in the chest.”Booker has a salient point as shoving a guy from behind is certainly a bit of a cheap shot. Beverley, Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN retorted, “I’m not going back and forth with all of that”. alos read:-Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester United, the right time to seek a new challenge
Beverley said in addressing gathered media that,”Obviously, very unprofessional, shouldn’t have happened, first and foremost,” . “But I’m a big fan of protecting my teammates. Especially teammates that I go to war for every night. I kind of felt like the play kind of got out of control after the stare down at Austin Reaves by Book, then another stare down by Ayton. And the refs didn’t really come in and kind of break it up. You know I’m not going for that s***.”
Charles Barkley joked that Beverley was in line for a smackdown. Moments from earlier in Beverley’s career against the Suns hits back when he shoved Chris Paul from behind during the 2021 playoffs.Beverley has offered very little in the way on-court performance in this season. He’s a decent defender just like Austin Reaves. And Austin Reaves has yet to engage in this kind of goofy conduct.