Chris Paul and referee Scott Foster have a sketchy past with each other. In fact, Paul has been on the receiving end of 10-consecutive losses that have been reffed by him and his crew.
To make things even crazier, James Harden had his own streak of losing with Foster being the ref as well. Something had to give last night, and the OKC Thunder found themselves having to leave the bubble after a Game 7 loss to the Rockets.
After the game, Paul addressed the media and called out Foster.
In the second quarter, Chris Paul stepped in front of a driving James Harden. Paul got called for a shooting foul but thought maybe Harden should’ve been called for a charge. Ultimately, Houston didn’t challenge. However, Foster whistled Paul for a delay of game – the Oklahoma City’s second, which gave Houston a free throw.
“It’s crazy. This has been going on in the bubble – like the replays. They show the replays sometimes so that, obviously, it’s an advantage if you get to see the replay and then you challenge.
So, myself, I dropped down to tie my shoe up to hopefully see if we see the replay. Scott Foster walked over to me and told me, “Chris, you ain’t got to do that. I got them sweeping up the floor.” OK, cool. So, I start tying my shoe back up, and he still calls delay of game. That s— don’t make no sense. But I don’t know. That’s crazy. He just – I don’t know.
We could’ve won the game, but that situation – the league knows. Yeah. They’re going to fine me. I said his name. Yeah. We already know the history.”
Chris Paul could possibly earn a fine from the NBA for commenting on the officiating, but he already knew that when he mentioned him by name.
Paul finished with a triple-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.