The Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round series against the Phoenix Suns has been marred by tons of dirty play from both sides.
As such, what happened on Sunday afternoon during Game 4 shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
With a minute and a half remaining in the outing the Suns held a 95-88 lead. Phoenix big man Deandre Ayton got a defensive rebound after a missed shot by Dennis Schroder and, quickly afterwards, Lakers star LeBron James gave Ayton a cheap push in the back.
The video largely speaks for itself:
Love how lebron knew this was it… pic.twitter.com/BWhDS6Kv1X
— NBA STORYTELLER (@mrtomeoni) May 30, 2021
Fans reacted immediately.
i was live asf watching this happen
— :3 chris (@chrisceravntes) May 30, 2021
Loose ball foul goes uncalled
— Rome Is Burning (@SkyblueSusanoo) May 30, 2021
I had the same reaction
— travis (@beastness3k) May 30, 2021
So far in this series we’ve seen Suns guard Chris Paul participate in a dangerously dirty move, Lakers big man Anthony Davis return the favor, and then Suns star Devin Booker toss in a cheap shot of his own.
Clearly these two teams don’t particularly like each other.
Ayesha knows how to stay in the news https://t.co/shn4dxsmTZ
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 27, 2021
Will that culminate in further acts of this nature as the series progresses?
Time will tell.