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.

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  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pacers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder begins its final road swing of the regular season against the Indiana Pacers at noon. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around Twitter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha meshing right back into the Thunder lineup

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins are defensive aces who sporadically contribute on the offensive end. And while they need some time to regain their game condition, a lot of what they do has to do with smarts and power, things that don’t necessarily leave you during a month-long absence.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant draws up a play for Jeremy Lamb, admits he'd love to coach some day

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    During a timeout with less than 90 seconds left on Friday night — a 116-94 Thunder blowout win over the Pelicans that was all but decided an hour earlier — Kevin Durant snatched the white board and drew up an offensive play.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder's postseason rotation beginning to take shape

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    After a season filled with injuries, youthful integration, a pile of 10-day contracts and a midseason veteran signing, the dust is beginning to settle.

  • OKC Thunder: OKC secures home court in any potential Finals matchup

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The NBA Finals remain two months and three expectedly grueling series’ away.

  • Pelicans coach Monty Williams compares Kevin Durant to Len Bias and Alex English

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The uniqueness of Kevin Durant’s game has made it hard for anyone to properly place a historical comparison on him.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder plays the New Orleans Pelicans in its second-to-last regular season home game of the season. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Revealing our 2014 NBA postseason awards

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our newly created 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 OKC’s only professional team.

  • OKC Thunder: Looking back on the starting stints for Andre Roberson and Steven Adams

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha are back in the lineup for Oklahoma City, meaning Roberson and Adams are now at the end of the Thunder rotation. But their recent stint in the starting lineup came with plenty of positives.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Clippers

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers clash for the final time this regular season. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • What's at stake in Wednesday night's Thunder-Clippers game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Five games remain on the Thunder’s regular season schedule.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Kings

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Can the Thunder snap its road slump with a win against the Sacramento Kings tonight? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Thunder writer Anthony Slater jumps on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., answering your questions on Kevin Durant's scoring streak, the Thunder's playoff position, defending the 3-pointer and more. Join the conversation.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    It's 40 consecutive games and counting with 25 points or more for Kevin Durant. Can he pass Michael Jordan tonight against the Phoenix Suns? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The Thunder will be without Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins tonight against James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around Twitter.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 106-94 win over the Spurs

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s impressive 106-94 win over the Spurs on Thursday night: 1.

  • OKC Thunder: Inspired defense leads Thunder to another win over Spurs

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Oklahoma City finishes with 14 steals and 30 fastbreak points.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins, Reggie Jackson return

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Both Thunder players will play on a minutes restriction.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins back against Spurs

    Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Prior to Thursday's big game against the San Antonio Spurs, Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced that Reggie Jackson, Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins would all play. Perkins (groin) had missed 17 straight games leading into Thursday, and Jackson had missed the last two games with a back sprain. But both participated in a majority of Wednesday's practice. It was up in the air whether or not Westbrook would play Thursday against the Spurs or Friday against Houston Rockets on the road. Westbrook has been restricted to one half of back-to-back games for the rest of the regular season. Perkins will get the Westbrook treatment for the rest of the season in back-to-backs.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins are back for the Thunder tonight, as OKC tries to halt the San Antonio Spurs' 19-game winning streak. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.




Anthony Slater Today at 1:44 AM Serge Iblocka with some highlight swats in Game 1 https://t.co/tcK0MmR97P
Anthony Slater Today at 1:20 AM On Caron Butler's momentum-changing dunk and big night: LINK (Observations coming later)
Anthony Slater Today at 12:32 AM Solid photo of Caron Butler's dunk (by Nate Billings): LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:16 AM Per Thunder, Russell Westbrook went to the locker room late in the third quarter to change his jersey. Had blood on it.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:21:58 PM CST Final from Game 1: Thunder beats the Grizzlies 100-85. Game 2 on Monday night at 7 p.m. CT.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:20:03 PM CST Capped a solid win RT @James_Poling Ibaka swats, Durant dunks, Ibaka yells https://t.co/n1lCwiCQtE
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:19:32 PM CST Kevin Durant leaves with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:18:06 PM CST Serge Ibaka changes games with some of his blocks. Has four tonight.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:02:24 PM CST Closing five: Westbrook-Jackson-Butler-KD-Ibaka
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:00:52 PM CST Russell Westbrook to the scorer's table after a lonnnng rest.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:55:48 PM CST Don't want to leave that guy...
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:53:08 PM CST Solid Caron Butler dunk, but not as good as this one he had on Chris Kaman: https://t.co/ILXmWSpcGm
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:51:17 PM CST Tony Allen is balling on both ends.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:50:31 PM CST Five fouls on Zach Randolph forces Dave Joerger to make his first substitution of the second half.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:44:36 PM CST Memphis in the first half: 12-of-48 shooting, 34 points. Memphis in the third quarter: 14-of-24, 31 points.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:43:25 PM CST The right move RT @Michael_Cohen13 Dave Joerger did not make a substitution during that entire quarter. Everyone is spent.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:42:41 PM CST @mr_blah_blah__ In deep freeze on the end of the bench.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:41:21 PM CST The Thunder went 3-of-16 shooting with five turnovers in the third quarter. Oof. Lead cut from 22 to four.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:33:57 PM CST RT @bandwagonknick: Russell Westbrook is channeling the Indiana Pacers in this 3rd quarter.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:32:21 PM CST Grizz are methodical, but impressive. Thunder lethargic. Lead down to seven.