Houston Rockets fans express their disappointment regarding Scott Foster’s appointment as official for Game 2.
It hasn’t even been a full week since the last reunion between Scott Foster and the Houston Rockets, as Foster officiated Game 7 of the first round series between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Rockets fans were infuriated with the NBA’s decision to appoint Scott Foster as one of the officials in Game 7 and are expressing the same reaction to Foster being chosen to officiate Game 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Officials for Rockets-Lakers, 7:30 p.m.: Scott Foster, Josh Tiven,Curtis Blair. Alternate: Michael Smith. I know what you’re thinking. Josh Tiven enjoys Seinfeld reruns and lasagna.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) September 6, 2020
The Houston Rockets’s history with Scott Foster
It’s safe to say that the Houston Rockets and Scott Foster have a long standing relationship, usually resulting in the Rockets players bashing Foster for his biased officiating.
Back in the 2018-19 season, James Harden was very outspoken about his opinions on Foster, saying, “Scott Foster, man. I never really talk about officiating or anything like that, but just rude and arrogant. For sure, it’s personal.”
The Houston Rockets win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 was the first playoff win the Rockets had with Foster officiating, since 2017.
Houston has lost their last 7 playoff games with Scott Foster officiating
1st round: G3 @ OKC
West semis: G2 @ SA & G6 vs SA
West semis: G2 vs Utah
WCF: G1 & G7 vs GS
West semis: G2 @ GS https://t.co/Ozb6ahhufT
— NBA Ref Stats (@NBARefStats) September 2, 2020
OKC point guard, Chris Paul has also been critical of Scott Foster, throwing shots at him in several locker room and postgame interviews.
Is it hypocritical of James Harden to be complaining about fouls being called on him?
One of the biggest parts of James Harden’s game is his ability to draw fouls; both on the offensive and defensive ends. He is notorious for selling fouls or as the NBA calls it, ‘flopping’.
James Harden frequents the charity stripe more often than not so is it hypocritical of Harden to complain when the foul goes against him, and not the other way around?
Perhaps it is. The outcome of tonight’s Game 2 will be interesting to watch unfold nonetheless.