Chris Paul throws shade at referee Scott Foster after Game 3 loss to Lakers

David Akerman
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Phoenix Suns star guard Chris Paul showed his distaste with referee Scott Foster after the Suns’ Game 3 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

“Competing, we gotta try to limit their free-throw attempts. They’re shooting a lot of free throws, last game, tonight,” said Paul. “If I was a betting man, 11 games in a row. 11 games in a row. We’ll see what happens. 11 in a row.”

This is not the first time that Paul has expressed his displeasure with Foster’s officiating.

Twice during his time with the Rockets, the 36-year-old talked about the issue with the media. Paul even stated that he had met with the NBA to talk about Foster before.

He also got called for a delay of game in last season’s playoffs in the bubble while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“It’s crazy. This has been going on in the bubble – like the replays,” said Paul. “They show the replays sometimes so that, obviously, it’s an advantage if you get to see the replay and then you challenge.

“So, myself, I dropped down to tie my shoe up to hopefully see if we see the replay. Scott Foster walked over to me and told me, ‘Chris, you ain’t got to do that. I got them sweeping up the floor.’ Ok, cool. So, I start tying my shoe back up, and he still calls delay of game. That s— don’t make no sense. But I don’t know. That’s crazy. He just – I don’t know.

“We could’ve won the game, but that situation – the league knows. Yeah. They’re going to fine me. I said his name. Yeah. We already know the history.”

With how long the issue between Paul and Foster has been going on, it does not seem like the problem will go away anytime soon.

Game 4 of the series between the Suns and Lakers is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PST at Staples Center. With a win on Sunday the Lakers would put themselves just one win away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

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David is a University of Maryland graduate who has spent most of his life in Miami. He has experience in writing, editing and video production. He is a proud contributor of Lakers Daily.