It was like two different games kicked off on the same night between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. It was the Rockets against the Lakers and apparently against referee Scott Foster.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden didn’t like the officiating, especially after he fouled out of the 111–106 loss late in the fourth quarter, then said one referee should not be allowed to officiate Rockets games.
“Scott Foster, man. I never really talk about officiating or anything like that, but just rude and arrogant,” Harden said. “I mean, you aren’t able to talk to him throughout the course of the game, and it’s like, how do you build that relationship with officials? And it’s not even that call [on the sixth foul]. It’s just who he is on that floor.”
“It’s lingering, and it’s something that has to be looked at for sure,” Harden said. “For sure, it’s personal. For sure. I don’t think he should be able to even officiate our games anymore, honestly.”
Paul also weighed in on Foster’s officiating:
“I don’t know what else to do, know what I mean?” Paul said. “I met with the league with him before and all this stuff. I don’t know what else to do.”
Harden and especially Chris Paul definitely have something to gripe about, because history says Foster is not a friend to either of them. Foster had game 2 vs Utah and Games 1, 7 vs GSW in the 2018 playoffs. Rockets lost all 3 and have lost 6 straight playoff games Foster has worked. The losing streak is longer for Chris Paul, dating back to his days with the Clippers.
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