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NBA Finals: Why Chris Paul’s History With Game 6 Referee Scott Foster Could Be a Bad Sign for Suns

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The Phoenix Suns will fight to stay alive in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night as the Milwaukee Bucks get a chance to finish the series at home and win their first championship since 1971. and extend the series, they probably won’t be happy if umpire Scott Foster speaks with them.

Foster becomes the crew chief for Game 6, and while refereeing assignments aren’t usually that big of a deal, Chris Paul’s history with games refereed by Foster is definitely a storyline to watch. In the last 12 playoff games Paul played where Foster was the referee, his team has gone 0-12. In the first round of the playoffs, after losing in Game 3 to the Los Angeles Lakers – a game Foster whistled – Paul hinted at his record in games mentioned by Foster.

“If I were a gambler, 11 games in a row”, Paul said:. “Eleven games in a row.”

The last loss when Foster was the umpire came in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, when the Bucks blew out the Suns, 120-100. After that loss, Phoenix head coach Monty Williams criticized the officiating team, particularly for its lack of balance on free throw attempts.

“I’m not going to publicly complain about violations, I’m just not going to do that,” Williams said. “But you can see – we had 16 free throws tonight. One person had 17.”

Williams is referring to the 17 attempts Bucks striker Giannis Antetokounmpo made in Game 3, which played a big part throughout the game as he got Sun’s big man Deandre Ayton into some nasty trouble.

Ironically, the only game the Suns have won this postseason and for which Foster was the referee is a game that Paul didn’t play. It was Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Clippers and Paul was sidelined due to health and safety protocols. Phoenix went on to win that game on an incoming dunk from Deandre Ayton in the last second to take a 2-0 series lead against LA

Paul will try to break that 0-12 streak when Game 6 kicks off Tuesday night at 9pm ET.

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