Scott Foster to head officiating crew for Suns-Clippers Game 2
Apr 18, 2023, 8:10 AM
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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.
Chris Paul and Scott Foster heading to the court pic.twitter.com/3DaH5ShcNz
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) April 18, 2023
Scott foster pulling up to the Suns Arena: pic.twitter.com/DIQRZFtndj
— The Pettiest Laker Fan 🤫 (@ThePettiestLA) April 18, 2023
Scott foster refing the suns game tn pic.twitter.com/sL89zjx4aX
— Honest KD Fan (@TrolledByKD) April 18, 2023
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 ArizonaSports.com.