PHOENIX SUNS

Suns, Chris Paul must overcome history with ref Scott Foster in Game 3

Jul 11, 2021, 12:45 PM | Updated: 3:23 pm

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns and Jae Crowder #99 argue with referee Scott Foster #48 during ...

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns and Jae Crowder #99 argue with referee Scott Foster #48 during the first quarter in game two of the NBA Western Conference finals at Phoenix Suns Arena on June 22, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

As if facing two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Eastern Conference Champion Milwaukee Bucks was not enough of a challenge, the Phoenix Suns will have to overcome a statistical hurdle that has nothing to do with the players on the court at all.

Referee Scott Foster will be officiating Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which is significant because teams with Suns point guard Chris Paul are 1-11 in the last 12 playoff games refereed by him.

Paul alluded to the complicated history with the long-time NBA official after Game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, the last time Foster officiated a playoff game the Point God played in.

“If I was a betting man, 11 games in a row,” Paul said. “11 games in a row.”

The Suns have played two games this postseason officiated by Foster, losing in the first round and winning in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Phoenix was able to snap the streak thanks to the now famous “Valley Oop” in the final seconds of that game, a game Paul was forced to miss due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Nonetheless, the win snapped the streak for any team that Paul was rostered on even though he didn’t play.

The 11-game losing streak dated back to 2013.

Milwaukee has been unable to slow down the Suns so far in the NBA Finals.

Phoenix was able to take the first two games of the series at home, but now the location shifts to Milwaukee where the Bucks will enjoy homecourt advantage.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals is on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

Catch all the Finals action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Phoenix Suns

Ish Wainright Suns...

Arizona Sports

Suns bringing back Ish Wainright on 2-way contract

Forward Ish Wainright is re-joining the Phoenix Suns on a two-way contract after a stint with the Portland Trail Blazers this season.

3 hours ago

...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: What are the Phoenix Suns’ biggest issues right now?

Wolf & Luke discuss the Suns' biggest issues after losing to Houston and Oklahoma City over the weekend.

6 hours ago

...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: We were all booing the Phoenix Suns after a sloppy weekend

After a weekend where the Suns lost two games, Dan Bickley does his Bickley Blast on the turnovers and what the team needs to do moving forward.

7 hours ago

Kevin Durant faces a Thunder double-team...

Kevin Zimmerman

It’s on the Suns’ players to clean up their turnover rate

Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal all have their individual turnover problems to grapple with for the Phoenix Suns.

7 hours ago

Devin Booker...

Arizona Sports

Report: Suns expect Devin Booker ankle injury to keep him out for week or more

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker sprained his right ankle Saturday and could miss more than a week, reports Shams Charania in an injury update.

9 hours ago

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball against Grayson Allen #8 o...

Kellan Olson

Suns’ latest comeback flurry at home falls short vs. Thunder

You don't need to be a meteorologist to see a troubling forecast ahead for the Phoenix Suns.

17 hours ago

Suns, Chris Paul must overcome history with ref Scott Foster in Game 3