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Houston’s perceived nemesis Scott Foster to referee Rockets-Warriors Game 2

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) argues with referee Scott Foster during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


In January, James Harden called Scott Foster – whom Chris Paul also had problems with – “rude and arrogant” and said the referee shouldn’t be allowed to officiate Rockets games.

Foster hasn’t worked a Houston game since.

That’ll change tonight.

With the Rockets engaged in aggressive information warfare about officiating, the NBA assigned Foster, Ed Malloy and Eric Lewis to Houston-Golden State Game 2.

The NBA says these assignments were made before the series started (they just weren’t announced until the day of the game). I hope that is true. The league shouldn’t assign referees spitefully. Nor should the league allow whining teams to dictate referee assignments.

After last year’s hard-fought seven-game Western Conference finals, I had high hopes for this Warriors-Rockets rematch. After only one game, Houston’s complaining about the officiating has sucked so much fun out of this. Tonight will go a long way in determining whether the series can become enjoyable.