Over the past couple of seasons you may have seen some of my Tweets with information and stats for each officiating crew assigned to that night's Jazz game. I have been asked multiple times over the years "what's your fascination with the referees?"
There are so many advanced stats and different ways for teams, fans and the media to evaulate each game, yet I have never seen an in depth look as to how officials may have an effect on the outcome of each game. Specifically in basketball where so many calls/non-calls at the end of games can swing the result so dramatically.
All of this led to me tracking the results for every Jazz game the official works and the free throws attempted for each team. After discussions with an NBA team (non-Jazz) executive I am going to be adding a few different items this year to the recaps that I post on SLC Dunk. The new information will include how many foul calls each official made, from which position they were in (Lead, Trail or Center), and which team the call was against.
While I won't be posting the full recaps after each game (espcially during the 2nd half of the season as my work schedule drastically changes), I will be continuing my tweets every game day with the information for that night's crew.
Without further ado, here is the information from tonight's game:
Date: October 30th, 2013
Opponent: Oklahoma City Thunder
Venue: EnergySolutions Arena (Salt Lake City, UT)
Officials: Dan Crawford, Eric Lewis, Kevin Scott
Final Score: 98-101 (L)
Notes on Tonight's Crew:
#1- Eric Lewis and Kevin Scott worked together on the crew during the Jazz 4 OT game in Atlanta on 3/25/12.
#2- Dan Crawford worked the Jazz/Thunder game in Oklahoma City on 11/30/12 (OKC defeated the Jazz 106-94).
#43 Dan Crawford:
Total Fouls Called: 25
#42 Eric Lewis:
Total Fouls Called: 17
Against Home/Away: 9/8
#79 Kevin Scott:
Total Fouls Called: 10
Against Home/Away: 6/4
Notes on Tonight's Game:
-Kevin Durant had 24 of the 33 FTA for Oklahoma City
-Oklahoma City was called for 4 Delay of Game Violations which resulted in 3 technical free throws for the Jazz who went 2/3 on those FTA
-Mike Harris fouled out for the Jazz with 2:58 remaining in the 4th quarter
As always you can follow me on Twitter (@bjcseven) for more NBA Referee nerdery!