Fans sound off on Scott Foster upholding controversial foul call during Nuggets' NBA Finals win over Heat
Fans sound off on Scott Foster upholding controversial foul call during Nuggets' NBA Finals win over Heat
Fans sound off on Scott Foster after review upholds controversial foul against Nuggets

Had the Nuggets not won the NBA Finals on Monday night, the story leading up to Game 6 almost certainly would've been the controversial call that sent Jimmy Butler to the free-throw line late in the fourth quarter.

Officials called a foul on Aaron Gordon while Butler was shooting a 3-pointer down four with 3:21 to play, giving the Heat star a chance to cut Denver's lead to one. No contact was made during the shot, and replay showed Butler appear to kick Gordon on the way up.

TNT analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy both said they expected the call to be overturned, but an extended review upheld the foul. Officials claimed Gordon impeded Butler from landing and ruled that the kick was the result of Butler's natural shooting motion. 

Aaron Gordon was whistled for a foul on this Jimmy Butler three point shot attempt.

Denver challenged the call and the call was upheld by the referees.

Thoughts? 🤔

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 13, 2023

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Fans were outraged at the call upon review, which took a handful of minutes. Botched calls happen, but obvious mistakes rarely get upheld by replay review.

As it turns out, the decision to uphold the foul can be traced back to polarizing referee Scott Foster. Foster wasn't on the court in Denver, but he was listed as the replay center's official for Game 5.

Oh no

— Kofie (@Kofie) June 13, 2023

Known for shockingly long losing streaks by teams and players in games he officiates, Foster drew the ire of Heat fans early in the playoffs because of Miami's lack of success when he's on the court. For a few minutes on Monday night, he apparently became a hero. 

Fans of the other 29 teams were not as thrilled.

This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. You think we finally escaped Scott Foster? Nope, he’ll just uphold an all time bad call in the replay center

— Kevin Sullivan (@KevinSullivan9) June 13, 2023

folks, Scott Foster has struck again

— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) June 13, 2023

Despite Scott Foster’s best efforts, a super fun @NBA season.

— Ryan Jacobs (@_ryanjacobs) June 13, 2023

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Scott Foster seeing a critical game he can make all about him:

— Josh Tyler (@joshetyler) June 13, 2023

One of the worst finals calls ever

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 13, 2023

Adding to the bizarreness of the call was Van Gundy's claim that he saw referee David Guthrie encourage Nuggets coach Michael Malone to challenge the call. Malone's challenge, of course, was unsuccessful.

In the end, the sequence won't matter much to Nuggets fans who saw their team win its first championship on Monday night. Had this been a tighter series, however, the call against Gordon might've gone down as an all-time blunder.

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