HOUSTON (Sports Radio 610) -- Veteran NBA official Scott Foster will be the crew chief when the Houston Rockets try to level their Western Conference semifinal series against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
The Rockets have feuded with Foster the past couple of seasons. James Harden called him "rude" and "arrogant" following a loss in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, saying he believes Foster has a personal vendetta against the Rockets and shouldn't be allowed to work their games anymore. Harden was fined $25,000 by the NBA for those comments.
Tuesday's game is Foster's first Rockets assigment since those comments.
Rockets guard Chris Paul has also been critical of Foster in the past, sarcastically referring to him as "the man" and saying "that's who they pay to see" following a game last season against the Portland Trail Blazers in which Foster hit him with a technical foul.
Foster, 52, is in his 25th season as an NBA official and is working his 20th postseason. He has been given an assigment during the past 11 NBA Finals. The Rockets were 1-1 in games he officiated during the regular season, but they've lost six straight playoff games that he's been on the floor for, including Games 1 and 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.
Ed Malloy and Eric Lewis will be the other two officials Tuesday night. Rodney Mott is the alternate.