There was drama earlier than the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks took to the court in Game 6.
Chris Paul and Scott Foster have been pictured speaking to one another in a protracted chat previous to the sport.
NBA persona Skip Bayless tweeted: “Chris Paul didn’t look all that pleased with no matter Scott Foster stored saying to him earlier than the sport.”
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You see, Paul has a protracted historical past with Foster having gained simply none of 12 postseason video games officiated by him.
That report dates again to 2008 and the one exception was when Foster officiated a first-round Suns victory over the Lakers this postseason – however Paul didn’t play.
He had entered COVID-19 protocols, that means he’s nonetheless winless with Foster as an official.
“If I used to be a betting man, 11 video games in a row,” Paul mentioned following a 109-95 loss to the Lakers.
“Eleven video games in a row.”
Foster’s historical past with Paul goes past that 12-0 report although, with the 2 additionally having clashed in on-court arguments through the years.
Final season whereas enjoying for the Thunder, Paul was referred to as for a technical foul by Foster.
He was accused of making an attempt to purchase time to problem the decision by tying his shoe up in hat ended a 104-102 Sport 7 loss.
“Scott Foster walked over to me and informed me, ‘Chris, you ain’t gotta do this. I acquired them sweeping up the ground,’” Paul mentioned concerning the tech on the time.
“OK, cool. So, I begin tying my shoe again up and he nonetheless calls delay of recreation. That s*** don’t make no sense. He simply… I don’t know. We may’ve gained the sport, however that state of affairs… the league is aware of. Yeah. They gonna high quality me. I mentioned his title, we already know the historical past.”
Foster, 54, final officiated Sport 3 of the Finals which led to a lopsided 120-100 Bucks win with the Bucks securing 26 free throws against the Suns’ 16.
Giannis Antetokounmpo alone had 17 and that didn’t go down nicely with head coach Monty Williams.
“I’m not going to get into the complaining publicly about fouls, simply not going to try this,” Williams mentioned after the defeat.
“However you may look, we had 16 free throws tonight. One individual had 17.”