Chris Paul Blasts Referee Scott Foster’s Officiating: “We Could Have Won The Game”

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Chris Paul Blasts Referee Scott Foster’s Officiating: “We Could Have Won The Game”


Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder came up short against the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of their first-round series, losing the game with a score of 104-102. The gut-wrenching game however didn’t sit well with Paul, who took issue with referee Scott Foster during the post-game interview. 

While Harden and the Rockets’ impressive defense down the stretch helped them win the game, Paul came out to reporters feeling upset with Foster’s iffy calls that influenced the momentum of the game, particularly when Foster called a ‘delay of game’ call on Paul for tying his shoe.


“It’s crazy, this has been going on in the bubble, they show the replays sometimes and obviously it’s an advantage if you get to see the reply and then you challenge. So myself, I dropped down to tie my shoe up, so hopefully we could see the replay.”

“Scott Foster walked over me and told me, ‘Chris, you ain’t gotta do that, I got them sweeping up the floor.’ OK, cool. So I start tying my shoe backup and he still calls delay of game. That shit don’t make no sense. He just, I don’t know. We could’ve won the game, but that situation… the league knows. Yeah. They’re gonna fine me, I said his name, we already know the history.”



For the record, Paul’s teams have lost nine straight playoff games when Scott Foster was officiating prior to this series. But on the other hand, prior to last night, the Rockets had also lost their last seven playoff games officiated by the veteran referee.

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