- Chris Paul has a long-standing beef with NBA referee Scott Foster
- The veteran guard has now lost 14 straight playoff games with Foster as an official
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The Suns battled the Pelicans in NBA Playoff action on Tuesday night.
Phoenix is the top seeded team in the West, and they’re certainly favored to take the series and move on to the next round. After all, they did win an NBA-most 64 games in the regular season.
Unfortunately, there was one key circumstance working against the Suns, and more notably Chris Paul, in last night’s matchup.
Paul, a longtime NBA veteran, has gone winless in his last 13 playoff games with referee Scott Foster as part of the officiating crew. After last night’s loss to New Orleans, he’s now 0-14 in his last 14 games with Foster in the lineup.
Chris Paul has lost 14 straight playoff games officiated by Scott Foster. pic.twitter.com/cIMcDwMkAU
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 20, 2022
This feud dates back to Paul’s time with the Hornets. Charlotte lost a critical game 7 against the Spurs that year with Foster officiating. Paul fouled out and the loss ended his season.
He then moved on to the Clippers, where he’d go 0-5 with Foster in the playoff lineup. A few more losses came as a member of the Rockets before Paul joined the Thunder.
In another game 7, Paul’s team lost with Foster officiating. Oddly, the referee reportedly reminded Paul that he was on the crew for that previous Hornets loss prior to the game.
Thunder guard Chris Paul says referee Scott Foster made a point to tell him before the Game 7 loss to the Thunder tonight that he also reffed his Game 7 loss to the Spurs in 2008 when CP was with the Hornets.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 3, 2020
Obviously, Paul lost that one, too.
The point guard is fully aware of the winless streak. He’s commented on the “coincidence” in the past.
Chris Paul redirected the end of his final three press conference questions tonight to the same stat: "11 games in a row." Paul's teams have lost 11 straight playoff games refereed by Scott Foster. pic.twitter.com/BvbZTGe3eX
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 28, 2021
NBA World Reacts To The Brutal Losing Streak
With Paul losing a 14th straight game with Foster officiating, the NBA world hurried to social media to post their commentary. The Twitter reaction was absolutely hilarious.
Scott Foster when he gets to ref a game in the playoffs with Chris Paul pic.twitter.com/6CFZl2Z5sH
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 20, 2022
“Are you undefeated against Chris Paul in the NBA playoffs?”
Scott Foster: pic.twitter.com/tPxbsH5Xyy
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) April 20, 2022
scott foster when he makes eye contact with chris paul tonight pic.twitter.com/HNCRFYtTQI
— Justin Phan (@jphanned) April 19, 2022
Scott Foster when he gets put up against Chris Paul in the playoffs pic.twitter.com/QQgNXhlYgv
— Pickswise (@Pickswise) April 20, 2022
Scott Foster reffing a Chris Paul game in the playoffs pic.twitter.com/KuyNzACZct
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) April 20, 2022
Paul is hoping that the Suns can get out of the first round without having to face a Foster-led crew again.