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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Kevin Durant makes his return to the Thunder lineup tonight against the Phoenix Suns. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Numbers never lie, and the Thunder has a late-game offensive problem

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    TRYING TO FIND THE CLUTCH — Without Kevin Durant, the Thunder is struggling in game-deciding moments. Here’s a look inside.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder prepare for key New Years Eve battle with eighth-seeded Suns

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    A little more than two weeks ago, the Suns stumbled into Oklahoma City with a 12-12 record and having lost four straight. They were still the West’s eighth seed, but with the healthy Thunder rising and Phoenix rapidly plummeting, that didn’t look long for existence. OKC would smack the Suns that night by 24 points and pull to within a half-game of that final playoff spot. But in the 17 days since, the trends have flipped. Kevin Durant sprained his ankle and the Thunder faltered in four different late-game situations. OKC was never able to climb over .500. But Phoenix, who briefly fell under that break-even line, has got hot.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant looks 'lively' in first practice back

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    THUNDER NOTEBOOK — Kevin Durant returned to full practice for the first time since his Dec. 18 ankle sprain as the Oklahoma City Thunder prepares for a New Year’s Eve home date with Phoenix.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka's two most impressive plays during his strong performance in Dallas

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    During arguably his best performance of the season on Sunday night — which included a 26-point, 10-rebound double-double in which he made 11 of his 14 shots — Serge Ibaka did a ton of positive things. But beyond the numbers, Scott Brooks pointed out two of Ibaka’s plays that were particularly encouraging. The first came with […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder takes its two-game winnings streak into Dallas to face off against the Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Steven Adams' improving post defense is vital in his and the Thunder's continued growth

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Last March, Steven Adams struggled to defend Al Jefferson. On Friday, the wiser Adams got his shot at revenge. And he made the most of it. Adams stayed strong in the post, stayed down on the pump fakes and limited Jefferson to four points on 2-of-7 shooting in the Thunder’s blowout win.

  • Collected Wisdom: Mark Price, former NBA star, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach and Oklahoma native

    INTERVIEWED BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    After helping turn the Georgia Tech program around and then starring in the NBA, Mark Price is now an assistant for the Charlotte Hornets. He was in town on Friday night. And he shared some of his collected wisdom.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb returns to Thunder rotation in win over Hornets

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    On Friday night, Scott Brooks reinserted Jeremy Lamb back into the rotation. During the Thunder’s 98-75 blowout of the Hornets, he played 21 minutes, the most court time he’s received in the past 11 games.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant participates in shootaround, nearing return from ankle injury

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    For the first time since the injury, Durant participated in team portions of practice Friday morning, according to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. And when shootaround opened for the media, he was seen strolling around, shooting free throws and even rose up for a dunk.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Coming off a big win against San Antonio, the Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to face the Charlotte Hornets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 114-106 Christmas Day win over the Spurs

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 114-106 win in San Antonio on Christmas Day: Best win – The reigning league MVP and the reigning Finals MVP were both rocking suit jackets. Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard didn’t play. So these two teams certainly weren’t the full-throttle title-contenders we expect to see come May. But […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    It's a Christmas Day treat, as the Thunder and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs face off in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder and Spurs limp into once-intriguing Christmas Day matchup

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Because of a devastating rash of injuries, OKC sits at 13-16 and 10th in the crowded West. The Spurs, meanwhile, have been hot and cold, facing some injury problems of their own and currently sitting at 18-11 and seventh in the conference.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: What would you get Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for Christmas?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 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 […]

  • VIDEO: Fight breaks out in stands during Thunder-Blazers game

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    With officials reviewing a late-game tussle between Serge Ibaka and LaMarcus Aldridge on the court on Tuesday night, a fight broke out off of it. With the teams waiting at their respective benches, a scene broke out in the lower bowl, right near the section where player’s families typically sit. There’s video of the incident embedded above (h/t@BigEZ). And […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Late defensive breakdown gives Damian Lillard wide-open three, dooms Thunder in loss to Blazers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    After a series of Thunder defensive breakdowns allowed the Blazers to make up a 10-point deficit in 92 seconds, the most egregious of them all allowed Damien Lillard to spring free for a late-game heartbreaker to seal a shocking run and send this one to overtime, where Portland prevailed 115-111.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka, LaMarcus Aldridge ejected after late-game tussle

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    In the closing seconds of overtime, after the Blazers had already all but wrapped up their eventual win, LaMarcus Aldridge and Serge Ibaka nearly came to blows on the baseline. The two powerful power forwards were tussling for a rebound when it got physical, with each pushing each other and then grappling in an intense bear hug. They were eventually separated and the refs ejected both. But during the delay to review the altercation, a more serious fight broke out in the stands, with multiple punches thrown. It was near the section where player’s families typically sit, but the participants in the scuffle were not identified.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Can the Oklahoma City Thunder close the gap on the Northwest Division-leading Portland Trail Blazers? OKC will have to do so without Kevin Durant tonight. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Russell Westbrook on his 3-point attempts: "I honestly need to stop taking as many"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    In the past 10 games, the Thunder is 8-2. And in those eight wins, Russell Westbrook took only 2.6 three-pointers per contest. But in the two losses, Westbrook jacked up a combined 16 — going 3-of-10 at Golden State last Thursday and 0-of-6 against the Pelicans on Sunday night. There’s a clear correlation. And it’s something […]




Anthony Slater Today at 1:24 PM At least he's being honest RT @AlbertBreer: Marshawn Lynch answering every question: "I'm here so I won't get fined."
Anthony Slater Today at 11:05 AM The Thunder is scheduled to fly to NYC around 1 pm CT today. Sounds like a high probability game vs Knicks will be a go on Wednesday.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:18 AM VIDEO: @DarnellMayberry and I break down the Thunder's win over Minnesota - LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 7:30 AM Steven Adams revealed more about his recurring migraines and had some great quotes about guarding Nik Pekovic -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:39 AM RT @hiliteGENESIS: Latest Thunder Analysis w/ @DarnellMayberry and @anthonyVslater ---> Check out LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 11:44:47 PM CST He called it his "Terminator" look RT @hiliteGENESIS: Just Steven Adams being Steven Adams in postgame tonight. LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 11:29:45 PM CST Minor concern: Steven Adams said he been getting sporadic but "random" migraines since he was 14. Been trying to figure out "trigger points"
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 11:28:59 PM CST The always hilarious Steven Adams talks migraine headaches and guarding Nikola Pekovic -> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 10:48:06 PM CST Steven Adams on Nikola Pekovic vs Kendrick Perkins: "It was like watching two bears attack each other. It looked amazing."
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:46:48 PM CST Scott Brooks opening statement to the media: "I'm surprised you guys stayed"
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:31:41 PM CST Thunder now 2.5 games back of Phoenix for #8.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:31:22 PM CST Thunder beat the Wolves 92-84 and now let's never speak of this game again.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:16:25 PM CST Nice efficient night from Reggie Jackson: 14 points on 5/7 FG.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:07:13 PM CST In a race with very little competition, Serge Ibaka has been OKC's best player tonight: 13 points, 17 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:59:32 PM CST Second time this season Dion Waiters has had at least 10 points and five assists in a game, first with OKC.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:52:55 PM CST Thunder and Wolves shot a combined 12-of-42 in the third quarter. OKC won it 17-16.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:49:09 PM CST Flip Saunders stiff-arming his assistant was one of the top three highlights of this game. Which says a lot.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:47:42 PM CST Serge Ibaka with 13 points, 14 rebounds tonight. One of the few things going right for OKC.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:36:45 PM CST Russell Westbrook's shooting struggles continue -- now 3-of-13 -- and the Wolves are back in it: down 57-54, mid-third.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:08:42 PM CST Wolves allow full court pass and layup with 1 second left in half https://t.co/14vbysFnrE

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