The Rockets can’t be pleased with this referee assignment.
Scott Foster, a veteran of 24 NBA seasons and more than 1,400 games, has been given Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Rockets and the Warriors.
The last time he officiated a Rockets game, James Harden fouled out and was fined for openly criticizing Foster for his calls after the game.
Veteran official Scott Foster has been assigned to Warriors-Rockets tonight.
Chris Paul, James Harden & Rockets have a long-running feud with Foster. He hasn’t worked a Rockets game since February, when Harden was fined for criticizing him after fouling out of a game in LA.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 30, 2019
If you want an idea of what Houston thinks of Foster, when you Google “Scott Foster official,” the first thing that pops up is a YouTube video from BBALLBREAKDOWN titled “Is NBA ref Scott Foster Biased Against the Rockets?”
And just for a little more history, the Rockets are 6-11-1 against the spread with Foster as an official in their games and are 1-5 in the playoffs with him on the court, according to Hardwood Paroxysm.
In the last three seasons including the playoffs, the Rockets are 6-11-1 ATS in the 2nd half of games with Scott Foster as the lead official. In the playoffs 1-5.
HOWEVER. That’s middle of the pack among all lead officials for Houston.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 30, 2019
The Rockets are one game removed from criticizing the officiating in Game 1 with James Harden saying he just wants a “fair chance” from on-court officials. Chris Paul was ejected from the game after being assessed his second technical foul with less than five seconds to play.
He was fined $35,000 but wasn’t suspended for making contact with an official.
To be clear, though, the assignment of Foster to Game 2 was made before the semifinal series started, not, as SI.com notes, “in the aftermath of the Game 1 drama.”
For the referee conspiracy theorists: Referee game assignments are made before a series starts. So, no, Scott Foster was not assigned in the aftermath of the Game 1 drama.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) April 30, 2019