Just when Boston Celtics fans thought they were in good hands with Scott Foster being tabbed to referee the Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 6 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, bad news has dropped out of the NBA league office. Foster is now ruled out of tonight’s potentially series-deciding event due to a non-COVID-related illness.

Nick Buchert will fill in for Foster instead. He will be joined by crew chief Eric Lewis, Ben Taylor, and Tre Maddox in the stripes.


Scott Foster’s reputation as “The Extender” a bad luck charm?

With the Celtics trailing the Bucks 3-2 in the series, having Foster on hand was supposed to be a sort of good luck charm, as the ref has developed a reputation in the basketball community known as “The Extender”. This nickname is due to several recent situations in which the trailing team in a series has prevailed, thus extending the series.