With Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals taking place tonight, it appears the ongoing drama surrounding the referees could continue. The story of the previous matchup was how the officiating crew didn't call any fouls in the Rockets' favor.
James Harden believes that defenders on Golden State didn't allow him room to land on his jumper. Despite happening multiple times on Sunday, the refs didn't blow the whistle.
Harden and the Rockets didn't hold back from revealing their frustration during their postgame comments. Even Mike D'Antoni isn't fond of how the officials handled themselves in the previous matchup.
The NBA announced which referees will be on the court for Game 2, and it doesn't bode well for the Rockets.
Veteran official Scott Foster will be on the hardwood for this matchup. Earlier this season, the league gave Harden a $25,000 fine for criticizing Foster.
Chris Paul also has history with Foster, calling him "the man who they pay to see" because of his tendency to calls fouls in crucial situations.
Houston has to put its animosity toward the officials to the side for this playoff series. Any distractions against a team of the Warriors' magnitude could result in an early exit.
Both superstars on the Rockets will have to perform to the best of their ability if they want to defeat the Warriors.
Tipoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET from Oracle Arena.
TNT will broadcast the action for tonight.