Patrick Beverley will not join his teammates in the 2021-22 season opener.
The NBA announced on Saturday that the Clippers guard had been suspended for one game for “unsportsmanship” in Game 6 of Los Angeles’ loss to the Phoenix on Wednesday night. Beverley was expelled from that game after toppling Suns star Chris Paul in the fourth quarter because both players went to their benches.
On Thursday, Beverley apologized to Paul on Twitter, saying that “emotions occupy my best place.”
@CP3 I benefited a lot from the mood of the gang last night. My bad is not for you. Congratulations on entering the finals. Good luck 🤞🏾
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) July 1, 2021
Part of Beverly’s frustration may stem from the fact that the Clippers can’t stop Paul. The 11-time All-Star player defeated his old club 130-103 and scored 41 points to help Phoenix secure a place in the 2021 NBA Finals.
“We know they are broken. We know we destroyed them,” Suns forward Jack Lauder says When asked about Beverly’s push. “There is no better sign of failure than that moment… Once we know we won the game, we know they will collapse at some point. I think that’s basically what you see. You see The leader in the locker room at one of their breakthrough points.
“It’s a great feeling, especially in the playoffs. It’s a great feeling.”
Beverley became a key contributor in the Western Conference Finals, averaging 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while often defending All-Star shooting guard Devin Booker. Throughout his career, he has been considered one of the biggest stimulus factors in the NBA, but obviously Paul played the best role in the sixth game.