Lakers’ Patrick Beverley suspended three games for shoving Deandre

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Lakers guard Patrick Beverley, chasing after a loose ball, has been suspended for three games by the NBA after he shoved Suns center Deandre Ayton to the floor during a stoppage in play. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press)

The NBA deemed that Patrick Beverley’s “history of unsportsmanlike acts” played a major role in the Lakers point guard being suspended for three games without pay for “forcefully shoving” Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind and knocking him to the Footprint Center court during a loss Tuesday, the league announced Thursday.

While Beverley will begin serving his suspension Friday night when the Lakers take on the San Antonio Spurs in the first of back-to-back games here, Los Angeles is awaiting the return of LeBron James, who has missed the last five games because of a left adductor strain.

Beverley, who will also miss Saturday night’s game here against the Spurs and Monday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers at Crypto.com Arena, admitted after the game Tuesday night that his behavior was “very unprofessional” and answered, “yeah, for sure,” when asked if he expected the NBA to take action against him.

“Very unprofessional by myself,” he said Tuesday night. “Definitely could have reacted in a different way. So, yeah, I’m a big boy. I’ll take my lumps however they come.”

The incident began after Austin Reaves was fouled hard by Suns guard Devin Booker, knocking the Lakers guard to the court. Booker then glared at Reaves before getting called for a flagrant foul penalty 1 for hitting Reaves in the nose with 3 minutes 55 seconds left in the game.

A few seconds later, Ayton came over, glared at a prone Reaves and began to stand over the Lakers guard. That’s when Beverley shoved Ayton from behind, causing him to trip over Reaves and fall.

Beverley and Ayton were given technical fouls, and Beverley was ejected from the game.

“It shouldn’t have happened, first and foremost,” Beverley said. “But I’m a…

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