Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul will be up against his nemesis in a must-win Game 6 of the NBA Finals: veteran referee Scott Foster.
If the Phoenix Suns are to force a Game 7 in the NBA Finals, Chris Paul will have to overcome more than just the Milwaukee Bucks; he’ll need to break a personal double-digit losing streak in playoff games refereed by Scott Foster.
Paul’s recent record against Foster in the postseason is ugly: the Suns point guard is 0-12 in his last 12 playoff games involving the veteran ref. The Suns did win Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals with Foster reffing, but Paul did not play due to the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
What is Chris Paul’s record in games refereed by Scott Foster?
Overall, Paul is 2-15 in career playoff games officiated by Foster. In addition to losing a dozen straight, it’s also worth noting that the only two Paul played in a Suns jersey were two of Phoenix’s biggest losses during their 2021 playoff run. Those two most recent games were Milwaukee’s 120-100 blowout in Game 3 of the Finals and the Los Angeles Lakers’ 109-95 win back in the first round.
Foster has 27 seasons of experience as an NBA referee and is generally well-regarded by the league itself. However, Paul has publicly criticized him on several occasions, and their relationship could be described as contentious at best.
The Phoenix Suns have not played an elimination game since the 2010 Western Conference Finals. Chris Paul has already had some playoff masterpieces this year, but to force a Game 7, Suns fans are hoping he’s saved his best for last.
Our one wish for Game 6: an uncontroversial night in terms of officiating.