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NBA playoffs: Bucks G Patrick Beverley chucks ball at multiple Pacers fans amid elimination

The elimination of the Milwaukee Bucks by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA playoffs was ugly. Patrick Beverley made it even uglier.

In the final minutes of the Bucks’ decisive 120-98 loss in Game 6, Beverley was seen on the TNT broadcast throwing a ball at a Pacers fan and hitting her in the head. He then asked another fan for the ball and returned it harshly.

Beverley began chewing out the fans behind him while his Bucks teammates, coaches and security handled the situation.

Beverley will almost certainly be disciplined by the NBA. He was not ejected for the incident, but did not appear in the game again.

Beverley scored six points on 3-of-11 shooting with five assists, two rebounds and zero turnovers. He posted a congratulatory message to the Pacers after the game, he then responded to the backlash a few hours later by complaining that the Bucks had “engaged” with a fan during the game and calling the situation “not fair.”

It’s unclear whether the man or woman Beverley threw the ball at was the fan in question. He didn’t apologize.

Beverley also made no friends during his postgame media availability, as he bizarrely refused to answer questions from ESPN’s Malinda Adams because she admitted to not subscribing to his podcast.

After answering a question from another reporter, Beverley then asked the reporter to leave the fray. Jack Maloney of CBS Sports noted that Beverley has done this with every reporter since he was dealt to Milwaukee at the trade deadline.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst And Mark Spears were among the voices criticizing Beverley for her behavior, with Spears noting that Beverley previously disrespected NBPA executive director Michele Roberts in 2020.

It was a tough night for the Bucks as a whole, as the Pacers quickly took control and led by double digits for the entire fourth quarter. Milwaukee entered the game with new hopes of avoiding elimination after their big win in Game 5 and the return of Damian Lillard, but were still shorthanded. Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up missing the entire series due to a calf injury suffered late in the regular season.

The Pacers will face the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals while the Bucks head straight into an offseason with a number of tough questions following a midseason coaching change. Beverley is a pending free agent.



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