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: A look at what the other top NBA rosters would look like with the Thunder's current injury situation

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Injuries are random. They have no pattern. Sometimes they won’t come for months. Occasionally they’ll arrive in bunches. No NBA team is immune. But not many, in the history of the game, have seen a flood of bad injury luck this thick this early in a season. It’s been an avalanche of epic proportions for the Thunder. Five games in, […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 100-88 loss in Toronto

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The Thunder lost 100-88 in Toronto on Tuesday night, falling to 1-4 on the season. Here are five observations: 1. Again… – It’s the worst kind of déjà vu. Another game, another loss and another injured player. The curse continues. Perry Jones was the latest victim. One night after playing through a knee scare, Jones wasn’t able […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Raptors

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder tries to pick up its first road win of the season against the Toronto Raptors tonight at 6:30 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: Perry Jones leaves Thunder-Raptors game with knee injury

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Unlucky. Cursed. Jinxed. Ill-fated. Whatever injury hex the Thunder has on it, it refuses to go away. Already down to eight players to start Tuesday night’s game in Toronto, another one went down. Emerging forward Perry Jones went down with an apparent right knee injury in the third quarter (video below). The team is calling […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 116-85 loss in Brooklyn

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    The Thunder fell in Brooklyn on Monday night 116-85, dropping to 1-3 on the early season. Here are five observations: 1. Hits keep coming – This wasn’t a terrible loss. The Thunder played poorly, but minus half the rotation and all the star power, OKC never really had a chance against an average Nets team that played energized in its home opener. […]

  • VIDEO: Andre Roberson leaves Thunder-Nets game with foot injury

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Another game, another injury. In the first half of the Thunder-Nets game on Monday night, OKC shooting guard Andre Roberson went down with what the team is calling a left foot sprain. Here’s slo-mo video of the play, where you can see a clear left ankle turn (not for the squeamish): It’s another brutal blow […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nets

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against the Brooklyn Nets, the first game of a two-game road set. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins' brief offensive explosion highlights wild Thunder win

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    The first time it happened a light murmur swept the arena, collectively asking “Is Scott Brooks really calling a Kendrick Perkins isolation?” The second time the nervous groans had turned to friendly cheers. A “hey, why not, it worked the first time, go back to it.” But by the third time, The Peake’s raucous crowd was in a full frenzy, craving something they typically fear. Against an undersized Danilo Gallinari, Perkins’ first post-up was bully ball. He powered his way into the lane and dropped in a straightaway hook shot. Clearly feeling it, he went to the right block on the next possession, overpowering Galinari again and tossing in a 6-footer.

  • Thunder notebook: Reggie Jackson comments on his failed contract negotiations

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Now, Reggie Jackson faces a crucial contract season, with his play over the next seven months expected to set his price on the open market. But one week in, it’s still yet to begin. Jackson missed his third straight game on Saturday night with a sprained ankle.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder opens its home schedule against the Denver Nuggets tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OKC Thunder: Rash of injuries leaves Thunder in potentially precarious playoff situation

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Thunder’s recent injuries have even the most rational fans and analysts wondering, only two games into an 82-game season, whether this bona-fide title contender can tread water long enough to keep its playoff hopes alive.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What's next for OKC without Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook?

    Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    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 you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 10/31 (<--Click here) - An emergency for the Thunder means an emergency Thunder Buddies podcast. Russell Westbrook is down -- the seventh Thunder player to be injured already this season. What is going on? What can be done to remedy the situation? Is it possible OKC misses the

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    OKC THUNDER -- Are you in good enough shape to get up and down the court? Could you get in someone's way and possibly score a bucket or two? The Thunder might just need you. Join Thunder writer Anthony Slater for a live chat at 11 a.m. Anthony will be talking about the Thunder's latest player to go down with an injury, Russell Westbrook.

  • Russell Westbrook injury: A quick look at the recent history of hand fractures

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Thunder’s preseason nightmare has turned into a regular-season horror story. Already ravaged by the most severe of injury bugs, OKC was dealt another crippling blow on Thursday night. Late in the second quarter of the Thunder’s loss to the Clippers, Russell Westbrook fractured the second metacarpal in his right hand. He will be re-evaluated by […]

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook leaves game with a hand injury, gets into it with heckling fan

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The already depleted Thunder roster can’t afford another injury. Particularly to Russell Westbrook. On Thursday, that nightmare became a reality. Westbrook left the Thunder’s game against the Clippers in the second quarter with a right hand injury. He didn’t return and is scheduled to be reevaluated on Friday back in Oklahoma City. Here’s a quick look […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Clippers

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder goes for its first win of the season against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. Follow our live coverage at 9:30 p.m. with the NewsOK Sports team.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 106-89 opening-night loss in Portland

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s season-opening loss to Portland: 1. Expected defeat - Tough loss, but not a terrible one. The Thunder remained in it most of the night. Even held a two-point lead after three quarters. The fourth was about as ugly as it gets. OKC shot 5-of-19 and was outscored 31-12 in the final […]

  • PHOTO: Russell Westbrook's opening night outfit does not disappoint

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    New season, same Russell Westbrook fashion game. Here’s what he wore to Portland tonight:

  • Rewind: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped its season opener 106-89 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Review our live coverage and watch highlights from the game here.

  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Decline coming for Pacers, Rockets

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff makes predictions for the NBA season, including Finals picks, coaches on the hot seat, and more




Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 10:55:21 PM CST Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 35 points on 11-of-35 shooting tonight. Mo Speights had 28 on 11-of-18. Huh?
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 10:49:21 PM CST Scott Brooks made a strange late-game decision. It backfired. And now the Thunder is 3-12. Story from OKC -> LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 09:39:10 PM CST Reggie Jackson: "We can easily flip this around. Personally, I think the league doesn't want to see the Thunder when we get over this hump."
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:54:52 PM CST Scott Brooks walks in: "Can we just replay the past four press conferences so I don't have to do this?"
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:39:14 PM CST Final: Warriors 91, Thunder 86. OKC now 3-12 on the season.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:38:05 PM CST Well, you knew they were going to leave em open. Roberson and Thomas both airball 3s in final seconds. Thunder lose.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:36:15 PM CST Thunder need a three...and Lance Thomas and Andre Roberson are in the game???
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:03:01 PM CST Marreese Speights: 26 points on 15 shots in 20 minutes.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:56:06 PM CST Thunder has now led at some point in 13 of 15 second halves this season. Kinda remarkable considering the 3-11 record.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:53:54 PM CST Maurice Speights with a game-high 21 points off the Warriors bench. Killing the Thunder and letting them know about it.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:48:57 PM CST Reggie Jackson heating up. Two straight buckets, including a nifty euro-step. He's got 20 pts, 9 rebs, 6 asts. Game is tied.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:44:37 PM CST @R_Mindali Defense
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:41:35 PM CST Good call by Scott Brooks going with some Steven Adams post-ups early in this third quarter. Not much else working.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:32:08 PM CST Thunder and Warriors have combined to miss the first nine shots of the second half.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:12:16 PM CST Triple-double alert for Reggie Jackson at halftime: 12 points, five rebounds, four assists.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:11:48 PM CST Halftime: Thunder trail the Warriors 52-47.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:09:45 PM CST Second big dunk for Reggie Jackson in as many games https://t.co/4LyVW2kan4
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:03:52 PM CST Andrew Bogut (orbital contusion) and Leandro Barbosa (knee sprain) both out for the rest of the night, per Warriors.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 06:49:11 PM CST Anthony Morrow is 16-of-54 shooting (29 percent) in the six games since that 28-point outburst in Boston. OKC needs him to bust out of funk.
Anthony Slater Sun, Nov. 23 2014 06:37:39 PM CST End 1Q: Thunder down 28-20 to the Warriors.