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The Houston Rockets were on the wrong end of a comeback win by the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night in the City of Angels. What became clear to anyone who was watching the game was the disproportionate amount of fouls being called on the Rockets compared to the Lakers.
The Rockets ended the night with 28 fouls, while the Lakers were only called for 17. James Harden even fouled out, which is an extremely rare occurrence.
Although, anyone paying close attention to the man who was the head referee for last night's game, and had the knowledge of that ref's history, could have seen this coming. Scott Foster has developed a bit of a reputation around the league, especially when it comes to the Houston Rockets. Since 2017, the Rockets haven't won a single game refereed by Foster.
Things that make you go HmmMmm樂#NBA— IB (@incarceratedbob) February 22, 2019
Rockets 0-7 this season in games officiated by Scott Foster
0-9 in games since 2017 officiated by Foster
0-3 in home 2018 playoff games officiated by Foster (7-0 in the rest)
Last 2 games #Harden fouled out, Scott Foster was lead official狼 pic.twitter.com/gmY6BKg2S9
One of the most glaring stats related to this trend comes from the 2018 playoffs. All three home playoff games the Rockets played that were refereed by Foster were Houston losses. The other seven home games were Rockets wins. The season prior, the Rockets went 0-9 in games officiated by Foster. And this season, their record is 0-7. That's more than a trend – it looks like a lock.
Foster was even loosely implicated in the Tim Donaghy game-fixing scandal – investigations found Donaghy called him 134 times during those years.
This is Scott Foster NBA kept this guy .. just let that sink in pic.twitter.com/hwLRUjnSv7— IB (@incarceratedbob) February 22, 2019
What is even more insane is how far back this perceived bias against Harden and Chris Paul has gone.
For bettors, this is an incredible stat. To have that much data that points so blatantly in one direction can be a gift. It will be wise to check who is refereeing each Houston Rockets game moving forward (I know we will). A trend this strong is too hard to ignore.
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