Scott Foster shows alleged bias against Golden State Warriors is over, ejects Nuggets’ DeMarcus Cousins in Game 1

For years, there was concern that NBA referee Scott Foster had it out for the Golden State Warriors. But perhaps some of that was put to rest with one of the decisions his officiating crew made in the final frame of Saturday’s first-round playoff game against the Denver Nuggets.

Less than a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter of Game 1, officials ejected backup Denver center DeMarcus Cousins ​​for yelling at one of them. As Cousins ​​continued to protest the decision, Foster turned around and gave him a second consecutive technical foul, leading to his immediate ejection.


Foster has some history with ejecting Cousins ​​specifically, so perhaps this isn’t as much of an olive branch as it could be. The referee famously ejected Cousins ​​when he was on the Warriors’ bench in 2018, despite the fact that the big man was not even active

It’s also not like this decision flipped the game on its head. Golden State already had a commanding lead in the game, and had likely pushed MVP Nikola Jokic to the point of exhaustion where he needed Cousins ​​to step in for him briefly.

Foster’s history against the Warriors has been more fan-driven than reality-driven. Sure, there are notable moments that Foster has had against the team such as Cousins’s ejection, former Warrior Shaun Livingston’s first career ejection and the notable drop-off in winning percentage the Dubs had when Foster officiated games that people pointed to in 2018† Of course, during that period the Warriors have enjoyed a level of success that no other NBA team could come close to.

JaMychal Green #0 escorts DeMarcus Cousins ​​#4 of the Denver Nuggets off the court after he was ejected during their game against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game One of the Western Conference first round .

JaMychal Green #0 escorts DeMarcus Cousins ​​#4 of the Denver Nuggets off the court after he was ejected during their game against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game One of the Western Conference first round .

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Fans will continue to think what they want about Foster, even after a move like this, but if Game 1 is any indication of how this series will go, it’s not likely they’ll have to think about Foster at all.

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