Referee Recap #HOUatUTA 12/2/13

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: December 2nd, 2013
Opponent: Houston Rockets
Venue: EnergySolutions Arena (Salt Lake City, UT)
Officials: James Capers, Brian Forte, Leon Wood
Final Score: 109-103 (W)

Notes on Tonight's Crew:

#1- Leon Wood has worked more Jazz games than any other official since Ty Corbin took over as head coach. Tonight will mark his 15th Jazz game in that span including six in each of the past two seasons. 12 of the previous 14 games (and now 13 out of 15) have been played at the EnergySolutions Arena.

#2- The Jazz have only won 5 of the 12 games either James Capers or Brian Forte have worked. All 5 of those wins have been played in Salt Lake City.

#3- James Capers and Leon Wood both worked Game 3 of the 2011-2012 playoffs when the Jazz fell at home to the Spurs.

#19 James Capers:
Total Fouls Called: 13
Lead/Center/Trail: 6/3/4
Against Home/Away: 6/7

#45 Brian Forte:
Total Fouls Called: 14
Lead/Center/Trail: 4/6/4
Against Home/Away: 8/6

#40 Leon Wood:
Total Fouls Called: 10
Lead/Center/Trail: 6/3/1
Against Home/Away: 4/6

Notes on Tonight's Game:

-There were five defensive fouls called in the 1st quarter tonight, all of them led to free throws.

-Houston was called for a defensive 3 second violation with 11:46 remaining in the 3rd quarter (give me a break, I'm stretching here. There weren't a lot of noteworthy things about tonight's officiating).

As always you can follow me on Twitter (@bjcseven) for more NBA Referee nerdery!

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