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:
Notes on Tonight's Crew:
#1- Monty McCutchen and Tony Brown worked two Jazz games together during the 2012-2013 NBA Season. Both games were Jazz victories: a 115-101 win over Golden State, and a 106-84 defeat of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both of those games were played in Salt Lake City.
#2- Tony Brown worked the Jazz game at home against the Pelicans earlier this season. A 111-105 victory for the Jazz.
#3- Justin Van Duyne is a non-staff official meaning he is not a full-time NBA Referee. The past two seasons he has mainly worked NCAA games in the Big West and Pac-12 conferences. He worked in the Las Vegas Summer League in 2013 and most recently worked the Dallas and Philly game this past Monday night.
#13 Monty McCutchen:
Total Fouls Called: 13
Against Home/Away: 8/5
#6 Tony Brown:
Total Fouls Called: 21
#64 Justin Van Duyne:
Total Fouls Called: 11
Against Home/Away: 3/8
Notes on Tonight's Game:
-The Jazz did not shoot their first free throw until the 9:55 remaining mark in the 2nd quarter.
-Gordon Hayward just missed another shot.
As always you can follow me on Twitter (@bjcseven) for more NBA Referee nerdery, and other random Jazz thoughts!