The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 120-100 in Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
Phoenix’s loss on Sunday was the 12th straight playoff defeat by a Chris Paul team in a game where Scott Foster is part of the officiating crew.
Paul has a long history of complains and criticism against Foster.
Referee Scott Foster is trending on social media right now after the Milwaukee Bucks’ 120-100 win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
That’s because Sunday night’s game was the 12th straight playoff game that Chris Paul lost with Foster as part of the game’s officiating crew. Foster officiated Game 2 of the Suns’ Conference Finals series against the L.A. Clippers which they won on Deandre Ayton’s last second alley-oop but Paul missed that game due to health and safety protocols.
Prior to that, Foster was one of the referees when the Suns lost to the Lakers in Game 3 of their first round series. After the game, Paul threw shade at Foster when he referenced the veteran official during his post-game interview:
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
That was when it became 0-11. Sunday’s loss to the Bucks made it 0-12 in favor of Scott Foster:
Ladies and gentleman, after 12 rounds, the winner by TKO and still undefeated in his last 12 matches: Scott Foster! 🥊
Chris Paul is now 0-12 in the last 12 games he’s played where Foster is officiating. 👀 pic.twitter.com/ATqfFzxRrI
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) July 12, 2021
Chris Paul and Scott Foster History
In our research, this was as farthest as we found Chris Paul complaining about Scott Foster:
Chris Paul (@CP3) on getting a technical: “I got a tech tonight. (NBA referee) Scott Foster at his finest….Never fails.” pic.twitter.com/IJ4JVZ1wiL
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 11, 2018
During their 2018 Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets “audited” the game tape and concluded that there were a total of 81 missed calls and non-calls that could’ve cost them 18.6 points and a loss. The team sent a report to the league but the NBA did not agree with their methodology.
Then CP3 called out Foster again in 2019 when the Houston Rockets lost to the L.A. Lakers 111-106 in a regular season game. Both Chris Paul and head coach Mike D’Antoni received technical fouls in that game while Paul and James Harden also both fouled out. Harden was called for four offensive fouls in that game. James Harden even went as far as saying that Foster should no longer referee Houston Rockets games anymore. The Beard drew a $25K fine for that.
Last season, when Paul was playing for the Thunder, Chris Paul was called for a technical foul by Foster for trying to buy time to give OKC a chance to challenge a call in Game 7 of their first round series against the Houston Rockets.
Houston would end up winning that game 104-102 .The play that Paul was referring to happened shortly before halftime and cost the Thunder a technical foul, which the Rockets converted.
For the Nth time, CP3 ranted about Foster in the post-game interview:
I asked Chris Paul about the officiating – specifically that delay of game call. He named Scott Foster as says he knows he’ll get fined.
A passionate response that includes “that shit don’t make no sense…we could have won the game” pic.twitter.com/w2MpKr3Uyr
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) September 3, 2020
Before that game, Paul also claimed that Foster reminded him that he (Foster) was a referee in Game 7 of the 2008 playoff series between the Hornets and Spurs. Paul’s Hornets also lost that game 91-82.
Giannis Killed the Suns
Giannis Antetokounmpo tonight:
Generational 🔥 pic.twitter.com/xmhvOG4nuo
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 12, 2021
But while Foster was head referee on Sunday night, it was Giannis Antetokounpo who killed the Paul’s Suns, and not missed calls or non-calls by Scott Foster. Antetokounmpo scored 41 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and issued 6 assists while shooting an impressive 13-17 from the foul line.
Giannis is the first player since LeBron James in 2016 to drop back to back 40-point games in the NBA Finals. He also finished with 24 points in the restricted area, tied with LeBron and Shaq for the most in an NBA Finals game in the last 25 years.
Antetokounmpo also committed only one turnover in Game 3, the fewest by a player with a 40-10-5 game in the NBA Finals since turnovers were first tracked in 1977. He has scored 103 points in his first three NBA Finals appearances, the 4th most by any player in Finals history.
With Phoenix missing Dario Saric and having a think frontcourt, Antetokounmpo and the Bucks used their size to outscore the Suns 20-2 in second chance points and 54-40 in points in the paint while also outrebounding Phoenix 47-36, including 13-6 on the offensive boards.
So while you can’t blame Chris Paul for his feelings towards Scott Foster, Game 3 was all about Giannis. But for betting’s sake, Scott Foster being 12-0 SU in his last 12 games against CP3 may be a betting trend worth noting.