A Timeline Of Chris Paul And Ref Scott Foster’s Bitter History After Paul Goes 0-13 In Playoff Games Foster’s Officiated

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Chris Paul is now 0-13 in games referred by Scott Foster in the playoffs. Zero and thirteen.

Coincidence or conspiracy? A dive into the pair’s checkered history may point to the latter. Please put on your tinfoil cap before continuing.

The genesis of the relationship spans back 14 years when Paul was a third year guard for the Hornets. The Hornets, who had beat the Mavericks in the opening round, fell to the Spurs in Game 7 of the next after going up 2-0. Foster reffed Game 7, and weirdly reminded Paul of this before a Game 7 Bubble loss to Houston.

Things only began to heat up when Paul was traded to the Rockets in 2017. At the time, Paul’s Rockets went 0-6 against in playoff games reffed by Foster.

Via SB Nation:

After receiving a technical foul during a January loss in 2018, Paul said the officiating was “Scott Foster at his finest.”

After a February loss in 2019, James Harden and Paul each called out Foster after the game. Harden said Foster shouldn’t be allowed to officiate Rockets games anymore, and characterized Foster as “rude and arrogant,” saying he couldn’t have a conversation with him during the game.

Paul chimed in to say he met with the league about Foster in the past, and he didn’t know what else he could do.

After the aforementioned Game 7 Bubble loss to Houston, Paul took exception to a delay of game call Foster assessed in the waning moments of the first half, ripping the ref in the post-game presser.

After a Game 3 loss to the Lakers in the first round of this season’s playoffs, Paul publicly skewered Foster for the free throw disparity.

Before Game 6 of last night’s Finals loss, Paul engaged in a long discussion with Foster, presumably over how much they despise each other.

Following Paul’s 13th straight playoff loss with Foster at the helm, the memes were abundant.

How much more can Chris Paul take?

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