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Devin Booker Getting Suspended Over Dirty Play vs Lakers?

Devin Booker Getting Suspended Over Dirty Play vs Lakers?

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 109-95 on Thursday evening. In doing so they took a 2-1 lead in the series.

As has been the case on multiple occasions throughout the last week, controversy ensued after Game 3.

Late in the outing, with roughly a minute remaining, Lakers guard Dennis Schroder went up for a lay-up. As he was elevating, Suns guard Devin Booker pushed him.

Hard.

Booker was promptly ejected.

After the fact, Lakers big man Anthony Davis pointed out how dangerous Booker’s play was.

“[That] can’t happen, you can’t do that,” he said.

“It’s a dirty play, Dennis could’ve really gotten hurt right there. That just can’t happen. Hard fouls, things like that, [that’s] playoff basketball and we accept those but to blatantly push a guy with two hands off the air is a scary play. Good thing he’s okay but plays like that are unacceptable.”

Davis was not alone in that assessment. Fans at home agreed.

Calls for a suspension followed.

Schroder, for his part, seemed to agree with the calls for a suspension.

“If somebody disrespects me first, I’m gonna do the same thing… I was talking to somebody and he took it too sensitive and fouled me,” he said, per Lakers SB Nation reporter Harrison Faigen. “That wasn’t a basketball play, and regular season, it’s probably a suspension as well.”

So will Booker ultimately get suspended? Probably not. So far in this series we have seen a dirty play by Chris Paul go unpunished and a similarly dirty play by Davis go unpunished.

Those two examples coupled with the fact that, earlier this season, one player literally fractured another’s wrist and faced zero repercussions suggests that the NBA will likely take a “hands-off” approach in this instance as well.

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Anthony Amador

A recent graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.

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