Scott Foster to head officiating crew for Suns-Clippers Game 2

Apr 18, 2023, 8:10 AM

Referee Scott Foster #48 during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on March 27, 20...

Referee Scott Foster #48 during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on March 27, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the 76ers 114-104. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Perhaps not the news Phoenix Suns fans or point guard Chris Paul wanted to wake up to: Scott Foster will officiate Game 2 of the first-round series at Footprint Center on Tuesday night.

The NBA announced that Foster will be the crew chief as Phoenix trails the Los Angeles Clippers 1-0 after a 115-110 loss on Sunday.

Foster’s crew will also include Eric Lewis, JB DeRosa and Scott Twardoski.

The 29-year NBA ref has a lengthy history with Paul, specifically.

Paul has a 13-game losing streak dating back a decade and is 2-17 overall in the playoffs when Foster officiates his games.

The point guard’s last win in the playoffs with Foster officiating was a first-round game in 2013 when Paul played for the Clippers against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Last year, Foster called Game 2 of the first round between the Suns and Pelicans, a 125-114 win for New Orleans.

In 2021, he worked Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Suns and Clippers, a win for Phoenix after the famed Valley-oop. But Paul did not suit up that game while in health and safety protocols.

Phoenix later dropped two contests (Games 3 and 6) to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals with Foster on the floor.

Basketball fans reacted promptly.

The Suns shot more free throws than the Clippers in Game 1 on Sunday, although it was close at 33-29. Phoenix was called for more fouls at 25-21.

Can Paul finally break the streak?

Game 2 from Footprint Center is set for 7 p.m. on 98.7, the Arizona Sports app and 

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