Anthony Slater's articles from The Oklahoman

  • Restricted free agent Dion Waiters says he'd like to return to the Thunder: "Of course"

    Restricted free agent Dion Waiters says he\'d... Anthony Slater | Updated: 1 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Thunder's season ended late Monday night in Oakland, which officially marked the beginning of the Kevin Durant free agency watch. KD predictably side-stepped questions about his future postgame, saying he hadn't even begun thinking about it. But another Thunder free...

  • Game 7 Q&A: Warriors coach Steve Kerr

    Game 7 Q&A: Warriors coach Steve Kerr By Anthony Slater   | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Just minutes after reaching his second NBA Finals in his second season as a coach, Steve Kerr began his news conference by congratulating the team he'd just dispatched to make it there — the Thunder. Here are a few of his postgame comments: Opening statement Kerr: “Before we get to the...

  • Kevin Durant's late flurry comes up short as Thunder season ends, uncertain begins

    Kevin Durant\'s late flurry comes up short as... By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — With the rope slipping, Kevin Durant made one last late push — a wing 3, a hard drive for free throws, a pull-up jumper and then a halfcourt roar as the Warriors called timeout. KD's personal 7-0 run had sliced Golden State's lead from 11 to four in 71 desperate...

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Previewing Game 7 of the Thunder-Warriors series

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Previewing Game 7 of... Anthony Slater | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your...

  • Thunder: 'Professional scorer' Kevin Durant tasked with solving professional defender Andre Iguodala as Game 7 looms

    Thunder: \'Professional scorer\' Kevin Durant... By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant has an earned offensive arrogance. He won a scoring title at age 21 and three more before his 26th birthday. So even after the roughest of performances — like, say, a 10-of-31 showing in a gut-wrenching Game 6 home loss with the NBA Finals on the line — Durant's...

  • Thunder film room: Examining the five late turnovers that may cost the Thunder its season

    Thunder film room: Examining the five late... Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Forget the Thunder's disappointing 55-win record this season or Golden State's record-setting 73-win march to history. Forget the first round breeze by Dallas, the second round shock of San Antonio, the first five games of this series and the first 45 minutes on Saturday night. Go...

  • Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry lead dramatic fourth-quarter comeback, hand Thunder crushing Game 6 loss

    Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry lead dramatic... By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Stephen Curry navigated right, bursting past Serge Ibaka's 6-foot-10 frame but knowing an array of long limbs stalked from behind. So Curry got to about eight feet out, planted with his left and faded right, falling back toward the Warriors bench as his soft floater fell through, kissing softly...

  • New Zealand vs Australia: Steven Adams against Andrew Bogut with the Western Conference title on the line

    New Zealand vs Australia: Steven Adams against... By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    There are plenty of factors to follow on Saturday night in OKC. But one of Game 6’s biggest storylines: the battle down under between a New Zealander and an Australian.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Looking ahead to Warriors-Thunder Game 6 in OKC

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Looking ahead to... Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your...

  • Draymond Green discusses his bounceback Game 4 and looks ahead to Game 5

    Draymond Green discusses his bounceback Game 4... By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Draymond Green had a nightmare two-game trip to Oklahoma City. It didn't get better in the first half on Thursday night. Then right out of halftime, he fouled Kevin Durant shooting a free throw, protested the call and received a technical. He seemed to be melting down again....

  • Thunder lost Game 5 at the start of the fourth quarter

    Thunder lost Game 5 at the start of the fourth... By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. —  Oracle Arena was alive but nervous. The Warriors' eight-point halftime lead had been sliced to four. Twelve minutes remained — maybe in their season. And to start that crucial fourth quarter, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were on the bench. A...

  • No Thunder players on NBA All-Defensive teams

    BY MEL BRACHT, ERIK HORNE AND ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writers ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Thunder's defense may have turned up a notch in the postseason, but its regular season performance didn't inspire those voting on the NBA's All-Defensive teams. No Thunder players made either of the two All-Defensive teams, released Wednesday by the league. San...

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan uncorks small-ball lineup that has overwhelmed the Warriors and tilted the West finals in OKC's direction

    OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan uncorks small-ball... By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    During the Thunder’s two blowout victories of the Warriors in OKC, the Westbrook, Waiters, Roberson, Durant, Ibaka combo outscored Golden State by an outrageous 91-35 margin in 25 minutes together.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder done this to the Warriors?

    Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder... Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your...

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 118-94 Game 4 destruction of the Warriors

    Five observations from the Thunder\'s 118-94... Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Here are five observations from the Thunder's 118-94 Game 4 destruction of the Warriors on Tuesday night:  1. Arms everywhere: Russell Westbrook had four steals on Tuesday night. So did Kevin Durant. But neither led the team in that category. Andre Roberson did. He had five....



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Anthony Slater


Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. He's a hoops fanatic and, this past season, served as a key contributor to The Oklahoman's NBA coverage, consistently blogging about the Thunder and attending nearly every home game.