James Harden, Chris Paul blast ref Scott Foster after Rockets lose to Lakers: 'For positive it's private'

The Rockets’ disdain for referee Scott Foster reached a brand new peak Thursday evening after a loss to the Lakers by which Chris Paul and James Harden fouled out, P.J. Tucker was whistled for 5 fouls and Paul and coach Mike D’Antoni have been assessed late technical fouls.

After the sport, Harden referred to as Foster impolite and conceited (per The Ringer). Paul, who has criticized Foster earlier than, expressed disbelief at what he perceived to be unfair remedy from the veteran official.

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“I’ve met with the league with him earlier than. I do not know what else to do,” Paul advised reporters, in accordance with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.

Paul reportedly was a part of discussions with the NBA in February 2018 geared toward enhancing relations between gamers and referees. Since then, Rockets followers have taken to social media to tear Foster for the way he officiated three of the staff’s playoff video games final 12 months, every of which Houston misplaced.

The interactions between Foster and the Rockets on Thursday will deliver renewed scrutiny — and certain fines from the NBA for Harden and Paul, who supplied their harshest criticisms of Foster so far.

The Rockets led by double digits within the third quarter and appeared primed to tug away from the Lakers, however they collapsed within the fourth quarter. The meltdown was punctuated by two offensive foul calls on Harden and a sixth foul on Paul, the latter whistle resulting in the technicals on Paul and D’Antoni. LA hit the next free throws to basically seal the sport.

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