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 notebook: Scott Brooks calls off Thunder practice, hopes to refresh team

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    He gathered them in a team meeting, chatted about a few things and then sent them on their way. No drills. No court work. No basketball.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Would it be wiser for the Thunder to miss the playoffs?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 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 the Thunder. 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 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Ageless San Antonio Spurs keep humming past struggling Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The Spurs rolled to a redemption title last season, avenging the heartbreaker to the Heat a year earlier, and, for a brief period, some wondered if that would be it. The last two months, which have included a Spurs double-digit lead in 21 consecutive games, have provided us a resounding no.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sympathizes with the Thunder's injury situation

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has coached 19 seasons and seen his players battle loads of injury issues. But when asked Tuesday afternoon if his Spurs teams ever faced a health-ravaged season like the Thunder is currently going through, he couldn’t remember one.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Follow the Thunder against the San Antonio Spurs with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder getting Spurs at the wrong time

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    In desperate need of a win for playoff positioning, the Thunder is getting its final crack at the San Antonio Spurs at the wrong time. Earlier this season, facing some injury issues and maybe a little boredom, the Spurs were struggling. Their Christmas Day loss to the Thunder, without Kevin Durant, was just part of an 8-10 December. But the midseason malaise has subsided and San Antonio, again, is hitting its stride as the playoffs approach. The Spurs have won seven in a row, 10 of the past 11 and now sit at 51-26 on the season. “Death, taxes and San Antonio winning 50 games,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said at practice on Monday. “Those are three things you can guarantee are going to happen.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Desperate Thunder just don't have enough in disheartening loss to Rockets

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    The final play will be the most scrutinized, for both its design and execution. But it was a surprise the Thunder were even in position to tie it.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant watches game from Sam Presti's seats

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Durant was in a motorized cart with his foot in a cast, just as he’d been at Saturday’s practice, zipping around the court and hounding his teammates.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces a critical game in the playoff race against MVP candidate James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • What they're saying about the NBA MVP race

    Compiled by Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    NBA experts weight in on whether Steph Curren, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook or James Harden should be the MVP.

  • Breaking down the 2014-15 NBA MVP candidates

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    A closer look at the top four candidates.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder to highlight newly renovated National Memorial and Museum

    By Anthony Slater and Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    During Sunday’s home game against the Houston Rockets — a noon tip on ABC — fans will receive special bracelets “marked with the Thunder logo, the #OKStandard hashtag and the Oklahoma Standard values of service, honor and kindness,” per a team press release.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The Thunder kicks off a critical three-game stretch tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • OKC Thunder, Sam Presti join commitment to honor Oklahoma Standard

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing is later this month. As part of its recognition, the Thunder will highlight the newly renovated National Memorial and Museum later this week. During Sunday’s home game against the Houston Rockets — a noon tip on ABC — fans will receive special bracelets “marked with the Thunder logo, the […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams (ankle) questionable for Grizzlies game; zone possible?

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The Thunder’s Thursday morning practice included a long film session, dissecting an array of recent defensive errors and very little court work. But even when OKC was on the court, Steven Adams wasn’t. He was seen walking around the facility in sandals with a light limp. In the closing moments of the Thunder’s loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday night, Adams’ leg was undercut by Devin Harris on a rebound attempt, twisting Adams right ankle and sending him sprawling to the floor. It’s not considered a serious sprain – like the kind that has kept Andre Roberson and Nick Collison out the past two weeks – but it’s painful enough that Adams might not play against the Grizzlies on Friday night.

  • Thunder Thursday: Life behind the eight ball

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    THUNDER THURSDAY -- The home loss to the Mavericks ended the Thunder’s hopes of moving up in the Western Conference playoff race. But is it too soon to assume OKC will be the eight-seed and face Golden State? The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team discusses.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mavericks slice through the Thunder's interior defense, score 72 paint points

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    It was the most paint points given up by the Thunder since March 2013 and tied for the franchise’s most yielded since relocating to Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Nick Collison, Andre Roberson, remain out with badly sprained ankles

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Collison sprained his left ankle 12 days ago. Roberson sprained his 10 days ago. Each were given about 2-3 week timelines. But the sprains are slowly progressing. Neither have participated in any kind of team practice. Both were seen walking around the Thunder facility gingerly during Wednesday morning’s shootaround.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks face off in a critical matchup for Western Conference playoff seeding. Follow the action with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Wednesday's game against Dallas is key to OKC's chase for seventh seed

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    With a win, Dallas would move four games up on OKC with seven to go, while also clinching the head-to-head tiebreaker and all but eliminating the Thunder from anything higher than an eighth-place finish. But an OKC win would make things interesting.




Anthony Slater Today at 1:26 PM Perk LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 25 2015 01:19:09 PM CST This is my favorite Tim Duncan story ever https://t.co/fTi1X1iLfe
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 24 2015 12:01:05 PM CST You know you made it when they start faking stories by you, @DarnellMayberry.
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 24 2015 12:29:24 AM CST Shaq and Barkley roasting each other's careers/games across the set will never get old.
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:35:20 PM CST @DarnellMayberry One of the more vineable crowd reaction games I've ever seen.
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:34:51 PM CST Warriors have 22 offensive rebounds tonight. NBA's leader (Wizards) averaged 14.5 this year. It's killed the Pelicans late.
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:20:14 PM CST Chef Curry for the tie https://t.co/Su2YfmtWL4
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 10:53:43 PM CST @theterryfox Lotta people throwing out Portland as a possibility with Aldridge situation up in air.
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 10:45:17 PM CST Who's in, who's out of the stacked West playoffs next year? OKC returns, New Orleans on the rise, Dallas declines? Utah a darkhorse?
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 10:35:47 PM CST The Smoothie King Center is rockin lol https://t.co/JSpgcOabvl
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 09:17:53 PM CST @SniiperJones That's what I like to hear!!
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 09:11:34 PM CST From earlier: Latest Thunder podcast breaking down all the coaching candidates - LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 08:33:48 PM CST This Celtics worker after the LeBron block lol https://t.co/NdAi1neh8T
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 08:31:34 PM CST LeBron throws back an Evan Turner dunk attempt and lets him know about it https://t.co/nmnKJWQ99v
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 07:46:16 PM CST Always bringing an informed, level-headed perspective, @ZachLowe_NBA on the Scott Brooks firing -> LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 07:18:53 PM CST LeBron has an underrated skill of making hard fouls look like flagrants.
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 06:32:13 PM CST A loyal Thunder fan sent The Oklahoman a Thank You letter today in hopes it could be delivered to Scott Brooks: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 05:22:31 PM CST @toddboy23 You may not like the sport, but gotta appreciate the highlight plays
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 05:18:41 PM CST Game-saving snag by Howie Kendrick https://t.co/RGUQlUqQvr
Anthony Slater Thu, Apr. 23 2015 04:44:17 PM CST New Thunder podcast: @BerryTramel joins us to dissect the lonnnnng list of coaching candidates for OKC -> LINK

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