Charles Barkley weighs in on Patrick Beverley shoving Chris Paul towards the end of Game 6 in the Western Conference finals.
Following their Game 6 victory against the L. A Clippers, the Chris Paul-led Phoenix Suns are on their way to the NBA finals for the first time in 28 years.
In a season plagued with injuries and medical issues, Cp3 came out poised and determined to end the series in Game 6. The 36-year old put on an exhilarating performance, scoring 41 points, 31 of which came in the second half allowing the Suns to end the Game 130-103.
The Suns seemed one step ahead of the Clippers the entire time, frustrating them to the extent that Clippers shooting guard, Patrick Beverley, infamous for his trash talk, couldn’t help but display his extreme lack of self-control and decided to shove Cp3 in the back as the players walked to their benches for a time out in the 4th frame.
Beverley who was having a decent game until that point with 11 points and 3 assists, was immediately ejected from the Game and has been suspended for one game without pay for an unsportsmanlike act.
More than anything, Phoenix fans all around the world must have sighed in relief as they witnessed Cp3 stand back up unscathed from the shove. While emotions can certainly get the best of us, Beverley’s actions could have severely injured Cp3 and thus hurt the Suns’ chance to compete in the finals.
Charles Barkley calls Patrick Beverley shoving CP3 ‘ a punk move’
In a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick show, Hall of Famer now analyst, Charles Barkley expressed his views on Patrick Beverley’s actions against Chris Paul in Game 6.
“But, it was just a punk move by Pat Bev. You know, Dan when he almost tried to hurt Chris and danced over him when he was on the ground. Now, he can’t take it when the rabbit’s got the gun. SO, it was just a punk move, Pat Bev is a good kid, he works hard. But, it was just a punk move, plain and simple.”
Labelling the shove ‘a punk move’, Barkley was quick to point out how the feisty defender, well know for antagonising others with his trash talk, couldn’t accept the inevitable outcome of the game thus behaving in an unsportsmanlike manner.
Recognising what he did was uncalled for, the following day, Beverley took to Twitter to apologise to CP3 and wish him well for his team’s finals appearance. Hopefully, the 32-year-old has learnt his lesson and moving forward the fans won’t be subjected to another one of his public temper tantrums.