Anthony Slater
Sports 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.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne (concussion) may return against Wizards on Monday

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    It doesn't look like it'll be a long absence for the Thunder's promising rookie point guard. After suffering a concussion this past Wednesday and missing the Thunder's Friday night win over the Rockets, Cameron Payne returned to Thunder practice on Sunday and could possibly return on Monday against the Wizards. "The big test will be tomorrow after shootaround, see how he's progressed," Billy Donovan said. "Should have a definitive answer then." The Thunder did mostly light work on Sunday at the facility, scripting the offense in 5-on-0 settings, going through some one-on-one defensive drills and ended with individual workouts. So Payne didn't go through a ton of contact.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's late-game defensive effort helps Thunder get spirited win over Rockets

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Westbrook finished with 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the 25th triple-double of his career.

  • Thunder journal: Stephen Curry clarifies comments about Warriors beating Thunder

    By Erik Horne and Anthony SlaterStaff Writers | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    After Curry’s words gained traction online, Curry responded on Friday.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The Thunder is back at home tonight after a four-game road trip. Follow live updates on tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook decline to respond to Stephen Curry comment

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    A surprising quote from Stephen Curry hit the web on Thursday afternoon. While at a news conference announcing the Warriors new planned-arena, Curry, a Panthers fan, was asked about his favorite football team playing in the Super Bowl in the Bay Area. The night before, the Warriors and Thunder meet at Oracle Arena for the first time this season. "It'll be a good 48 hours," Curry said. "A win and a win." On Friday morning, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook chatted with the media for the first time since that Curry comment. Each were asked about the guarantee. Both took different routes to the high-road. Durant was up first, saying: "I don't pay attention to (expletive) like that. We play tonight.

  • Thunder journal: Cameron Payne (concussion) out against Rockets, possibly longer

    By Anthony Slater Staff writer Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    On Thursday, tests confirmed that rookie point guard Cameron Payne suffered a concussion during the Thunder's Wednesday night win in Minnesota. He will miss OKC's home game against the Rockets on Friday and will remain in the NBA's concussion protocol moving forward, needing to pass baseline tests before returning to the court.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne (concussion) out against the Rockets

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The Thunder is still feeling the effects of its arduous four-game road trip. On Thursday, tests confirmed that rookie point guard Cameron Payne suffered a concussion during the Thunder's Wednesday night win in Minnesota. He will miss OKC's home game against the Rockets on Friday and will remain in the NBA's concussion protocol moving forward, needing to pass baseline tests before returning to the court. All concussions are different, with the timetable for return varying by degree and player. This is the Thunder's second this season. Reserve forward Mitch McGary suffered one in preseason and missed eight days. Payne's concussion occurred early in the second quarter on Wednesday. He was nailed in the

  • Q&A: Kevin Durant discusses the Thunder's occasional lack of passion

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Between giving up 122 points to the Knicks on Tuesday night and 123 to the Timberwolves on Wednesday night, yet still winning both games, Kevin Durant gave an interesting quote about the Thunder’s sometimes lackluster body language. “We just gotta play with a little bit more passion,” Durant said. “…We play every single day, we practice every single day. The process can get boring. I hate to say that. But we have to stay with it.” Strange times for the Thunder. Through the season’s first 48 games, OKC has compiled a solid 35-13 record, winning 24 of the last 29 games and setting a more-than-respectable 60-win pace. But the schedule has been easy, the defense has been

  • OKC Thunder closes out strange but successful road trip with win in Minnesota

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Kevin Durant had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and hit two huge shots in the final two minutes to help the Oklahoma City Thunder win a second-straight, fast-paced thriller with a 126-123 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne leaves Timberwolves game with concussion-like symptoms

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Thunder's tumultuous road trip continued on Wednesday night in Minnesota, with rookie point guard Cameron Payne leaving OKC's game against the Timberwolves with concussion-like symptoms. Payne was nailed in the head while defending a Zach LaVine drive early in the second quarter. He stayed in for a couple more minutes before he was subbed out for Russell Westbrook. At halftime, the team diagnosed it and deemed him out for the game. Payne is the third Thunder player injured during this four-game road trip. Steven Adams sprained his elbow during pregame warmups in Dallas, missing the first two games but returning on Tuesday night. Andre Roberson sprained his knee in Brooklyn and will miss at least

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Timberwolves

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Follow live updates on tonight's game from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant pours in 44, leads Thunder to overtime victory over Knicks

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Durant lingered afterward for a quick postgame interview, enticing many of the awed Knicks fans to flock toward the tunnel, chanting Durant off with free agency pleas and a final glimpse of the mega-star they hope is soon theirs.

  • Thunder journal: Kevin Durant fields free agency questions from the New York media

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    When asked the difference between a big and small market, Durant said “it’s not different,” as far as brand exposure.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Knicks

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    The Thunder is at New York tonight looking to bounce back from Sunday's loss at Brooklyn. Follow live updates on tonight's game from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: What ever happened to the circus that was supposed to be Kevin Durant’s free agency season?

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    On Monday, Durant sat smack in the middle of the Nets and Knicks, both geographically and on the NBA schedule. His Thunder played in Brooklyn on Sunday and will play in Manhattan on Tuesday. It’s his lone trip to New York this season. And Monday provided the best chance for any NYC-based reporters to get Durant in a reflective state.

  • Kevin Durant talks free agency in New York: "I haven't sat down and thought about it"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Sitting inside Madison Square Garden after the Thunder's Tuesday morning shootaround, Thunder star Kevin Durant was asked a batch of free agency questions for the first time since his trip home to Washington D.C. in early November. Nothing extremely noteworthy. But here's a transcript: Obviously your free agency is a big topic around here. I was wondering if there was any more clarity in terms of what you want, what's important to you in that process? Durant: "I'm just really, to be honest with you, I haven't sat down and thought about it. The season moves along so quickly. Every time I get alone, it's on the plane or in the city thinking about the game the next day. Of course, I can't say I haven't

  • Kevin Durant: We're not going to move the ball like the Spurs, but we don't need to

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    NEW YORK -- In general, the Thunder offense seems to be moving a bit more fluidly this season. OKC's assists are up and its point distribution is more spread. But despite Billy Donovan's tweaks, the engine of the Thunder's offense is still its rare individual talent. Nearly everything is predicated off Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook making something happen, often in isolation. Per NBA.com/stats, the Thunder ranks dead last in the league 263.3 passes per game, more than 10 fewer than the next team (the Detroit Pistons). But despite that, OKC's offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) is second in the league at 109.2, right behind the Warriors (112.7) and ahead of the Spurs (108.2). The Warriors

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook talks fashion on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    With the Thunder in New York City this week, Russell Westbrook carved out some time Monday night to join The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The interview was short and not super revealing. Just a brief conversation about Westbrook's favorite topic: Fashion. But as he's done on other late night talk shows, Westbrook flashed a peek into his more fun personality, which he doesn't exactly flash in typical interview settings.

  • OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson to miss at least three weeks with knee sprain

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Starting shooting guard Andre Roberson will miss at least three weeks with a right knee sprain suffered in the first half of OKC's Sunday night loss in Brooklyn, The Oklahoman has learned. OKC's training staff will reevaluate him after that.

  • Thunder journal: Injury updates on Andre Roberson and Steven Adams

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    NEW YORK CITY – Already without one starter, the Thunder lost a second during the first half of its 116-106 loss in Brooklyn on Sunday night. After missing a layup in the second quarter, Russell Westbrook tumbled back and fell into Andre Roberson’s right knee, which bent backward. Westbrook held his tailbone area, but shook it off and returned. Roberson didn't. He limped to the bench and then locker room, not returning with what the team deemed a right knee sprain. MRI and further tests are scheduled for Monday in New York. His status moving forward is unknown. “I’m not really sure what happened,” Roberson said. “It happened so quick, it’s hard to describe. I




Anthony Slater Today at 2:03 AM Recap of the Thunder's loss in Golden State: https://t.co/H9f2xUgcRZ
Anthony Slater Today at 12:41 AM Billy Donovan on Enes Kanter's solid night (part 2) https://t.co/ix3z2A1afy
Anthony Slater Today at 12:40 AM Billy Donovan on Enes Kanter's solid night (part 1) https://t.co/7q0DLcW4ft
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 11:51:07 PM CST Russell Westbrook's postgame shirt: I AM A MAN https://t.co/PwMMnfqFmQ
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 11:48:20 PM CST Westbrook on the Warriors for those asking for video version https://t.co/Jw52415tcP
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 11:44:38 PM CST Kevin Durant asked about Warriors/Spurs: "Nobody in this locker room is scared" https://t.co/Girbp5Xi49
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 11:21:25 PM CST Kevin Durant asked about Warriors and Spurs: "We ain't ducking nobody" https://t.co/ImIoHQVlPZ
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 11:18:27 PM CST Durant on clawing back from 20 down:"That's what we supposed to do. When we get down, we supposed to tie it up. No moral victories in here."
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 11:16:39 PM CST Russell Westbrook on the Warriors: "They’re a pretty good team, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. We’ll be ready for next time."
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:39:46 PM CST Kevin Durant finished with 40 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists. Westbrook with 27 pts, 12 asts. Kanter with 14 pts and 15 rebs in 20 mins.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:39:10 PM CST Warriors beat the Thunder 116-108. OKC played extremely well in the second half, but lost this one in the first 24 minutes.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:30:35 PM CST Previously 0-of-5 from 3, Klay Thompson nails a monster one with 1:40 left. Warriors up 6. Thunder timeout.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:25:52 PM CST Enes Kanter with 14 and 15 in 18 minutes. Killer on the glass, trying defensivvely. Gotta like what he's brought tonight.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:21:35 PM CST Warriors only have 30 points in the second half -- 18 in third quarter, 12 in fourth with 4:24 left.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:21:02 PM CST Curry/Thompson a combined 1-of-11 from 3.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:14:10 PM CST I think it's good for him, struggles or not. Let the rookie get the experience. He'll be needed down the line https://t.co/7mExiAQOPF
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:13:18 PM CST Enes Kanter with 12 points, 13 rebounds in 14 minutes. Defensive issues have been there, but so has offensive production.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:06:04 PM CST Quick rest for KD, but after Westbrook has already subbed in.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:01:57 PM CST KD may go the entire second half. Starting the fourth.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 06 2016 09:59:29 PM CST Thunder slice the Warriors lead to 91-83 heading to fourth quarter. Big 3 from Payne late in 3rd.

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