In a dramatic turn of events, Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul was ejected by referee Scott Foster in a game against his former team, the Phoenix Suns. This incident added another chapter to the long-standing feud between Paul and Foster. The ejection occurred late in the second quarter, following a heated exchange culminating in Paul receiving two technical fouls quickly.
The tension between Paul and Foster is well-documented, with a history of contentious encounters. This latest incident in Phoenix was particularly notable as it marks Paul’s return to the city where he previously played. The ejection led to a massive blow to the Warriors. It left them without one of their key players when they were already down 11 points.
Chris Paul had this to say for his reaction against Scott Foster in his post-game interview:
It's personal. We had a situation some years ago and it's personal... like the league knows everybody knows it's been a meeting and all that and it's just a situation with my son… and I'm okay with a ref talking you know saying whatever just don't use a tech to get your point across you know what I mean… so I got to do a better job making sure I stay on the floor for my teammates... I ain't saying nothing to get fined now you know.
Chris Paul via post-game interview
The Golden State Warriors, already playing without forward Draymond Green due to suspension, found themselves at a disadvantage. Paul’s ejection contributed to a 16-point halftime deficit for the team. His absence was felt on the court as the Warriors struggled to maintain their rhythm without their veteran guard.
Chris Paul’s record when Scott Foster is refereeing
Chris Paul’s record in games officiated by Scott Foster has been a topic of discussion among basketball enthusiasts. Historically, Paul’s teams have faced challenges in games refereed by Foster, with a notably poor record in playoff games. Paul has a career record of 64% wins, which drops to a shocking 10% when he’s playing in games officiated by Foster. Further, he is currently 2-17 against Foster in playoff games, including 13 straight losses.
The fact that a statistic exists that can relate a game official to a player in itself raises questions on how much an official can control a game purely on personal bias. Despite Paul’s efforts and his significant contribution to the Warriors’ offense, his ejection by Foster crushed hopes that the Warriors could have made any attempt for a comeback win against the Phoenix Suns.
This ongoing feud between Paul and Foster raises questions about the dynamics between players and referees in the NBA. Incidents like these not only impact the games but also the perception of fairness and professionalism in the league.