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: Red-hot Jeremy Lamb in the midst of best stretch of his young career

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    In his last four games, Jeremy Lamb has been explosive and consistent in his limited bench role: 21 points in 24 minutes against Utah, 13 in 21 against the Knicks, 15 in 15 against the Pelicans and 15 in 30 against the Sixers.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Rusty Kevin Durant struggling to adjust to new substitution pattern

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    With 2:40 left in Friday night’s win over the Sixers, Kevin Durant swooped in for a transition layup that had little meaning on the final result. But from an individual standpoint, it held plenty of significance. The hoop got Durant into double-figures for the 407th consecutive game. But the fact that it took the four-time scoring champ so long to reach that point highlighted what was one of his worst offensive nights in years. Durant’s 10 points were his lowest output since April 2009 and his 3-of-11 shooting line (29 percent) was his least efficient since March 2012. Part of that can be blamed on expected rust. It was his second game back after missing the opening month with a foot fracture.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Perry Jones makes return to lineup with lesser role

    Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    When Perry Jones last played a game – on Nov. 4 in Toronto – he was a starter and go-to scorer on a depleted Thunder roster. But upon returning from a 13-game absence on Friday night in Philadelphia, he found himself on the fringe of the rotation. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and others have returned, leaving Jones more as a break in case of emergency option than a must-play. “He might not play tonight,” coach Scott Brooks admitted pregame. “But he might.” The verdict: Jones did get in on Friday. He first entered for the final 55 seconds of the first half. Then he returned to start the fourth quarter for an extended run to get his rhythm. Jones missed his only shot in six minutes.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Sixers

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater provides coverage of Friday's Oklahoma City-Philadelphia game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Can the Thunder's bench continue to play like one of the NBA's elite?

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    During an early stretch of the season filled with unbelievable injury attrition, many of OKC’s reserves got starter-type minutes. Now back in their more comfortable secondary roles, the early results seem to indicate that forced experience was fruitful.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant hoping to regain rhythm with teammates before it's too late

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    The Thunder’s next two games come against the bad 1-17 Philadelphia 76ers and the extremely disappointing 3-16 Detroit Pistons. It’s an ideal time for OKC to get it right – or risk falling too deep in a daunting Western Conference hole.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How long will it take OKC to right the ship?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 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 […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 112-104 loss in New Orleans

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Despite Kevin Durant’s return, the Thunder fell 112-104 to the Pelicans on Tuesday night. Here are five observations: 1.  Defense falters - In the absence of its two stars over a rough opening month, Oklahoma City’s sturdy defense remained as the team’s lone bright spot. The Thunder no longer had the firepower to put up a […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant returns, but defense falters in another Thunder loss

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    PELICANS 112, THUNDER 104 — After OKC’s eighth road loss in nine tries, coach Scott Brooks says “it’s all about individual pride. You got to man-up and guard your man.”

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary, Perry Jones getting closer to return from injuries

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    After a rash of injuries to start the season, Perry Jones and Mitch McGary are the last Thunder players still out. Getting back in game condition could be the last step before their return.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Kevin Durant is back. The Thunder, in search of its third-consecutive win, faces the New Orleans Pelicans at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • What Kevin Durant's return means for the Thunder and its playoff chances

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    It’s official: The MVP is back. Kevin Durant will make his season debut on Tuesday night against the Pelicans, putting the cap on what has been a potentially season-saving seven days for Oklahoma City. It started last Wednesday, when the Thunder broke a six-game losing streak — its longest since the inaugural season in OKC […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mixed results for Mitch McGary in his pro debut with the Blue

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    McGary was limited to 16 minutes in his Blue debut – all coming in the first half – as part of a preset plan orchestrated by the Thunder. It was a rehab assignment, similar to those commonly utilized in Major League Baseball. And it was clearly a needed one.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Grant Jerrett beaming after finally making his NBA debut

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Grant Jerrett’s NBA debut came 490 days after he was drafted.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant progressing, not ruled out for Tuesday against New Orleans

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    The Thunder got an All-NBA talent back in its lineup Friday. And pretty soon, they’re set to add an MVP. Kevin Durant, again, went through most of OKC’s practice Saturday and looked good, according to Scott Brooks. “Kevin continues to progress well,” Brooks said. “Thought he had a really good day and will continue to build […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder's up-tempo style reappears with Russell Westbrook's return

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    With Westbrook back during the Thunder’s dominant 105-78 win over the Knicks – coach Scott Brooks was able to scrap the slow motion pace. He put the game back in the hands of his floor general – the One Man Fastbreak – and let him dictate pace.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Derek Fisher talks about what he learned from the Thunder's coaching staff

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    The past few seasons, when Scott Brooks was asked a question about Derek Fisher, he often referred to his trusted veteran as a “coach on the court.” On Friday, Fisher returned to OKC for the first time as the head man on the Knicks sidelines.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook will start against the Knicks; Kevin Durant still out

    Erik Horne and Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced at practice Friday that point guard Russell Westbrook will be in the starting lineup tonight against the New York Knicks. Westbrook will play for the first time since Oct. 30 when he fractured his right hand in the Thunder’s second game of the season against the Los Angeles […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Knicks

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    With Russell Westbrook back in the starting lineup, the Oklahoma City Thunder welcomes the New York Knicks to town. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Knicks coach Derek Fisher still well-respected by former OKC teammates

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Ten days after last season ended, Derek Fisher was in New York City, being introduced as the Knicks’ new coach. Friday night, Fisher returns to face a group of former teammates who have plenty of respect for him.




Anthony Slater Today at 3:10 PM The look Westbrook gives when he realizes Matt Bonner got a rebound-tip over him lol https://t.co/lRiHnpWMzf
Anthony Slater Today at 3:05 PM The Spurs have four offensive rebounds. Steven Adams has seven.
Anthony Slater Today at 3:01 PM Russell Westbrook throwing in some wild shots and letting the Spurs know about it https://t.co/eQPlNnfNTt
Anthony Slater Today at 2:59 PM Steven Adams with nine points, 10 rebounds. Has had double-digit rebounds in four straight games, 7 of last 9.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:58 PM @cody____LITTLE Has looked less energized all season
Anthony Slater Today at 2:45 PM @qx2678 You consider Morrow the worst player in basketball?
Anthony Slater Today at 2:40 PM One of my favorite Russell Westbrook first half stat-lines ever: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 5/15 FG, 3 turnovers, a +14.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:38 PM Probably not the most ideal inbounds play https://t.co/2UHjlN1knc
Anthony Slater Today at 2:34 PM lol at this Russell Westbrook shot https://t.co/rtVx3giQhI
Anthony Slater Today at 2:25 PM Russell Westbrook with four first half steals. Averaging a career-best 2.0 per game coming into this one.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:17 PM Non-Westbrook Thunder players now 3-of-10 from the free throw line in this first half.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:11 PM Manu Ginobili with seven assists in seven minutes off the bench. Entire Thunder team with eight assists in 16 minutes.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:08 PM Perry Jones with 11 points already. Game's leading scorer.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:04 PM Seven Thunder players scored in the first quarter....or two more than scored in the ENTIRE game last time OKC played the Spurs.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:01 PM End 1Q: Thunder up 29-27 on the Spurs.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:56 PM Scott Brooks when asked why he went with Ish Smith last game: "We have to figure out who will stay in front of the basketball"
Anthony Slater Today at 1:53 PM Ish Smith in again. Starting to look more and more like he's ahead of Jeremy Lamb in the rotation.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:46 PM This is the offensive touch we saw all preseason from Steven Adams. The reason many were so high on his offensive potential.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:45 PM Steven Adams scores twice on Tim Duncan in the post https://t.co/lchaNsWjxq
Anthony Slater Today at 1:43 PM Thunder yet to miss a shot. Steven Adams 3-of-3 on post-ups.