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) 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

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder’s defense melts down in bad loss to the struggling Brooklyn Nets

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The final — a 116-106 victory for a 12-33 Nets team that recently fired its coach in the midst of a 2-10 January — was ugly.

  • OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson (right knee sprain) exits game against the Nets

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    Already without one starter, the Thunder lost a second during the first half of its Sunday night game in Brooklyn. 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 back, but shook it off and returned. Roberson didn't. He limped to the bench and then locker room, not returning with what the team is calling a right knee sprain. Kyle Singler started in Roberson's place in the second half, giving the Thunder two replacement starters. Steven Adams missed his second straight game on Sunday with a right elbow sprain. Nick Collison started in his place.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan sheds some light on Steven Adams' elbow injury

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    During pregame warmups for the Thunder's Friday night game against the Mavericks, Steven Adams sprained his right elbow. He sat that night and missed the Thunder's Sunday night game in Brooklyn. It's possible but unlikely he returns for the rest of this road trip, which wraps up with a Tuesday night game against the Knicks and a Wednesday night game at Minnesota. But the injury was shrouded in a bit of mystery. No reporters saw Adams injure the elbow pregame and he wasn't available in the locker room postgame. But two days later, with the team now in snowy New York, Billy Donovan helped shed a bit of light on how it happened.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Nets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The Thunder is in Brooklyn tonight looking for its eighth straight win. Follow live updates from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Sunday tip time between the Thunder and Nets pushed back to 6:30 p.m. CT

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    Because of the massive snowstorm that throttled New York City throughout Saturday, the Thunder's Sunday afternoon game in Brooklyn has been pushed to Sunday night. Tip time was originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. It's now scheduled for 7:30 ET, 6:30 p.m. in Oklahoma. Beginning Friday, Winter Storm Jonas swept through the Mid-Atlantic region, dumping more than two feet of snow on Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Following the Thunder's Friday night game in Dallas, the team flew into New York City and landed around 3 a.m., just as the blizzard was reaching the area. Then throughout Saturday, the storm intensified. Originally expected to drop fewer than a foot of snow on NYC, more than two feet piled up.

  • OKC Thunder has quietly become a historically dominant rebounding team

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Even without any of the NBA’s top-28 individual per-game rebounders, the Thunder is not only the league’s best rebounding team, but a historically dominant one.




Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 10:55:25 PM CST The outpouring of support for Monty Williams exemplifies his impact on the basketball community. Story from OKC: https://t.co/BaodtSU15q
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 10:00:22 PM CST ICYMI: Ryan Anderson, from a unique perspective, in a heartfelt conversation about Monty and Ingrid Williams - https://t.co/9svUwn9xCv
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:52:42 PM CST Kevin Durant on Monty Williams part 2 https://t.co/ZTbVNKbjg2
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:50:44 PM CST Kevin Durant on Monty Williams part 1 https://t.co/LtDHGUjNW2
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:16:57 PM CST Dominant win from the Thunder heading into the break: 121-95 over the Pelicans. OKC is 40-14. Eight days off.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:14:30 PM CST Steve Novak 3s tonight: 2 in 1 minute Pelicans 3s tonight: 3 in 47 minutes
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:09:20 PM CST With a Thunder win sealed, this is a great stat https://t.co/SlAWD1GV1u
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:50:02 PM CST Two 3s from both Singler and Morrow off the Thunder bench tonight. Only three 3s from the entire Pelicans roster.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:44:42 PM CST End 3Q: Thunder leading the Pelicans 95-74. Westbrook with 23-10-9. KD with 23-3-6. Pelicans defense has been brutal all night.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:38:31 PM CST A final Russell Westbrook power slam before the All-Star break https://t.co/YjeBhiPJF2
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:34:15 PM CST This is such a great block from Serge Ibaka https://t.co/S3kTzBZPRX
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:00:18 PM CST Russell Westbrook's first half: 18 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds Kevin Durant's first half: 17 points, 2 assists Thunder lead Pelicans 62-53
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:58:59 PM CST Check out this out of bounds, late in shot clock, play from Westbrook to KD to Westbrook https://t.co/GWNUaifPvz
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:55:37 PM CST Simple action out of the timeout leads to an easy Durant layup https://t.co/MLVpTH1K5X
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:39:48 PM CST Beautiful lefty bounce pass from Russell Westbrook on the break leading Enes Kanter into dunk https://t.co/GXDluumOrh
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:34:26 PM CST The point guard play.......has not been crisp the past few minutes.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:26:36 PM CST Serge Ibaka's first quarter: 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and this rebound putback https://t.co/LIGqyvHcSU
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:25:14 PM CST End 1Q: Thunder lead the Pelicans 29-25. Kevin Durant has 11 points.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:17:26 PM CST Westbrook and Adams continue to grow as pick-and-roll partners https://t.co/Iqwab6K0sn
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:16:14 PM CST The Thunder staff left Monty Williams' typical bench seat open the first couple possessions. Assistant Darko Rajakovic is in it now.

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