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: November 5th, 2013
Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
Venue: Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Mark Lindsay, Scott Wall
Final Score: 88-104 (L)
Notes on Tonight's Crew:
#1- Under Ty Corbin the Jazz lost their first 8 games that Derrick Stafford officiated before winning 2 out of the last 3.
#2- Mark Lindsay worked the Jazz game with the largest Free Throw discrepancy since Ty Corbin took over for Jerry Sloan. The Jazz were minus 28 in a home win over the Lakers on November 7th, 2012.
#7 Derrick Stafford:
Total Fouls Called: 15
Against Home/Away: 7/8
#29 Mark Lindsay:
Total Fouls Called: 19
Against Home/Away: 11/8
#31 Scott Wall:
Total Fouls Called: 17
Against Home/Away: 7/10
Notes on Tonight's Game:
-There were 20 fouls called in the 2nd quarter, 10 on each team.
-Jason Terry was originally called for a Flagrant Foul (1) with 10:41 remaining in the 2nd quarter before it was reviewed and ultimately reversed to a common foul.
-Rudy Gobert fouled out with 6:39 remaining in the 4th quarter.
As always you can follow me on Twitter (@bjcseven) for more NBA Referee nerdery, and other random Jazz thoughts!