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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison help Thunder beat Memphis in battle of the bigs

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    As Serge Ibaka and Zach Randolph bear wrestled for interior position late in the first quarter – like the duo has done so many times during these Thunder-Grizzlies bloodbaths over the years – Randolph caught Ibaka with a wicked but inadvertent elbow. Ibaka crumpled to the floor in clear pain, stayed motionless for a couple minutes, then bolted to the locker room with a towel over his bloodied nose and a trainer by his side. Thirty minutes later, Ibaka returned to the floor, a bandage covering the four stitches on his lacerated nose. In his first two possessions back, Ibaka snagged defensive rebounds. In the next two, Ibaka blocked a pair of shots.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks reflects on UNLV coaching legend Jerry Tarkanian

    Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    While at UC-Irvine, Thunder coach Scott Brooks competed in the same conference as Tarkanian’s UNLV teams. And he remembered it well.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The Thunder its faces Western Conference rival the Memphis Grizzlies in its final game before the All-Star break. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: What can Mitch McGary's strong play do for the Thunder?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    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 OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 124-114 win in Denver

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 124-114 win in Denver on Monday night: 1. KD pointsplosion – With 2:34 left in the first half, Kevin Durant had 10 points. With 35 seconds left, he had 24. Yep. That’s right. Fourteen points in less than two minutes. How, you ask? A barrage of long-range, increasingly deep 3-point […]

  • OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones execute one of the greatest handshakes ever

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    These days, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones aren’t playing much. So there’s plenty of time to plan other activities. Like handshakes. Before the Thunder’s game against the Nuggets on Monday night, the bench duo was caught on camera performing one of the more elaborate handshakes you’ll ever see. And it was executed to perfection. Take a look: […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The Thunder takes on the Denver Nuggets on the road without Steven Adams. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant leads confidence-boosting blowout of the Clippers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    In the first five ragtag minutes, Durant hadn’t taken a shot. But as the Thunder came out of the game’s first timeout, he seemed intent on taking over the game.

  • Thunder notebook: Steven Adams leaves with hand injury, status unknown

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    With 3:35 left in the first half on Sunday afternoon, Steven Adams rose up for an impressive offensive rebound. But on his ascent, the back of Adams’ right hand squarely nailed a descending DeAndre Jordan elbow.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Clippers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    The Thunder looks to take down the Los Angeles Clippers, who are playing without former OU star Blake Griffin. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook compiling the best week of basketball in his life

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    To start what set up as a crucial week for the topsy-turvy Thunder, Kevin Durant was again on the shelf. Needing wins to stay afloat in the playoff race, Westbrook was forced to shoulder the burden. And the four-time All-Star responded with what has arguably been the best individual week of his basketball career.

  • VIDEO: Kendrick Perkins suspended one game for head-butting Tyreke Evans

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    During the first quarter of the Thunder’s heartbreaking loss to the Pelicans on Saturday, Kendrick Perkins and Tyreke Evans got in a mini-scuffle after an Evans drive and Perkins foul. During the brief argument, Perkins headbutted Evans and the two received a double-technical foul. But Perkins’ punishment wasn’t limited to Friday night. The NBA announced […]

  • Kevin Durant on his All-Star selection: 'Whoever want my spot can play me one-on-one for it'

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Because of an injury that’s sidelined him much of the past two weeks, Kevin Durant has not publicly talked about his recent selection to the All-Star game. But with his return to the lineup coming Friday, Durant met with the media at shootaround and was finally asked about it. “Definitely a blessing,” Durant said of his […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Fatigued Kevin Durant falters down the stretch in loss to Pelicans

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Nine seconds remained, the Thunder trailed New Orleans by one and the reigning MVP loaded up for the type of clutch backbreaker he’s netted so many times during his first seven seasons. But the errant shot clanged hard off the rim.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant surprised but grateful for All-Star selection

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant admits he was a bit surprised he made this year’s showcase game. Because of three different injuries, Durant has appeared in only 22 of OKC’s 49 games. “I didn’t think I would make it,” he said.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Can the Thunder make it two wins in three nights against the New Orleans Pelicans? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant talks about his painful toe injury and return to the Thunder lineup

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Rather unceremoniously, Kevin Durant sauntered over to a pack of reporters on Friday and dropped what could be the most important news of the Thunder season. He’s back from injury. Again. For a fourth time. And he hopes this one’s for good. Durant participated in shootaround on Friday morning and plans to play and start in […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant questionable for rematch with Pelicans

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    The Thunder superstar missed practice again on Thursday and, still listed as day-to-day, Durant is considered questionable for Friday night’s home game against New Orleans. He was captured by the Thunder Instagram wearing a walking boot on Thursday.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 102-91 win in New Orleans

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 102-91 win in New Orleans: 1. Monster W – Not the Thunder’s most impressive win of the season. That likely came on Christmas in San Antonio or at home against the Warriors. But Wednesday night’s victory in New Orleans felt like the Thunder’s most important. The Pelicans had been rolling of […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    The Thunder plays the first of two consecutive games against the New Orleans Pelicans. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.




Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 11:09:19 PM CST Five observations from the Thunder's win in Los Angeles includes deeper look at Enes Kanter in the post: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 10:19:36 PM CST @Justin_Osburn01 I'd guess that RW plays and KD doesn't. We'll know better early this week though.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 10:07:30 PM CST @Jake_Trotter Or a playoff series
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 09:49:36 PM CST Five observations from the Thunder's win in Los Angeles tonight: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 09:37:15 PM CST D.J. Augustin's assist-to-turnover ratio since joining the Thunder: 23-to-7.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:54:50 PM CST Nice win for the Thunder without Durant and Westbrook: 108-101 over the Lakers. Next up: Sixers at home on Wednesday.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:43:34 PM CST Serge Ibaka with the monster block and finger wag https://t.co/iPkWgKZ4Ag
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:38:38 PM CST Jeremy Lamb with 14 points on seven shots in 12 minutes.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:30:48 PM CST Jeremy Lamb block to the and-1 finish https://t.co/vXJvgi84cK
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:15:41 PM CST Jeremy Lamb wants you to know this was an offensive foul https://t.co/P8hkhxmVDm
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:06:07 PM CST 16 of the Thunder's 18 third quarter points have been scored by the Augustin/Singler/Kanter trio. Sam Presti fist-pumps.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:03:56 PM CST Another double-double for Enes Kanter: 11 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists mid-way through the third quarter.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:02:23 PM CST Four 3s for D.J. Augustin. Has 18 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds. Been great in Westbrook's absence.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 06:38:50 PM CST @HibdonT So awkward
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 06:38:18 PM CST D.J. Augustin's reward for buzzer-beater? Awkward massage from courtside fan https://t.co/Iu65c48WNr
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 06:36:23 PM CST D.J. Augustin beats the halftime buzzer https://t.co/9chBmO77MM
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 06:30:18 PM CST Terrible defense beats terrible offense every time https://t.co/wdLwY8sNlb
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 06:14:45 PM CST Collison block, Collison dunk https://t.co/9NVQwgi7bD
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 06:10:38 PM CST Jeremy Lamb sighting.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 06:05:43 PM CST Two 3s for both D.J. Augustin and Andre Roberson in the first quarter. Thunder up 28-17 on the Lakers.

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