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NBA Insider Has Details On Rockets-Warriors Officiating Controversy

James Harden making a funny face.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates after a basket during their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Toyota Center on February 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Tonight's Game 2 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets is already shrouded in controversy. It has to do with the officiating in Game 1 and the referee assignments for tonight.

The Rockets were angered by what they felt were multiple missed foul calls in Sunday's series-opening loss to the defending champs. They voiced their complaints, and the league even admitted there were errors made.

Additionally, a report emerged yesterday saying the Rockets were compiling a data-driven case against what they perceived was unfair officiating that benefited the Warriors when the two teams met in last year's Western Conference Finals.

This morning, when the referees for tonight's game were announced, one name stood out: Scott Foster. The Rockets have a longstanding beef with the veteran official.

Was this the league's way of getting revenge? Fire up the "NBA is rigged" conspiracy theories.

However, longtime NBA writer Chris Mannix says the referee assignments were drawn up before the series even started.

One thing is for sure: there will be some fireworks tonight. Houston will be playing with an edge, needing a win to even the series, and on edge, trying to watch out for any perceived bias from Foster.

Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.