Patrick Beverley will not be joining his teammates for the opener of the 2021-22 season.
The NBA announced Saturday that the Clippers point guard was suspended one game without pay for an “unsportsmanlike act” in Los Angeles’ Game 6 loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night. Beverley was kicked out of that contest after shoving Suns star Chris Paul in the fourth quarter as both players walked to their respective benches.
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Beverley tweeted an apology to Paul Thursday, saying “emotions got the better of me.”
@ CP3 Emotions got the best of me last night, gang. My bad was not for you. Congratulations on reaching the final. Best of luck 🤞🏾
– Patrick Beverley (@ patbev21) July 1, 2021
Part of Beverley’s frustration may stem from the fact that there was nothing the Clippers could do to stop Paul. The eleven-time All-Star burned his former team in a 130-103 victory, scoring 41 points to help Phoenix land a berth in the 2021 NBA Finals.
“We knew they broke. We know we broke them.” Suns forward Jae Crowder said when asked about the Beverley shove. “There is no better sign of defeat than during that moment … Once we knew we had won the game, we knew that at some point they would break. I think that’s basically what you saw. You saw a break point with one of the yours, leaders in that locker room.
“And that’s a great feeling, especially in the playoffs, a great feeling.”
Beverley emerged as a key contributor during the Western Conference finals, averaging 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while regularly defending All-Star guard Devin Booker. He’s been known as one of the NBA’s biggest irritants throughout his career, but clearly Paul got the best of him in Game 6.