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: Russell Westbrook stars in Thunder's win over Orlando

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Contributions came from up and down the Thunder roster – 24 points from Dion Waiters, 16 from Serge Ibaka, 15 from Anthony Morrow – but Westbrook was the catalyst for it all. The Thunder had 16 first half assists. Westbrook had 10 of them – marking only the second time in his career he’s had a double-double by halftime.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant misses Orlando game with sprained toe

    Published: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    It’s the third game Durant has missed because of the ailment and 26th he’s been forced to miss this season because of a trio of injuries. Moving forward, he’s listed as day-to-day.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Magic

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Can the Thunder stop a two-game slide? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more as the Thunder takes on the Orlando Magic.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A closer look at the Thunder's wavering playoff chances

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Two things are working in the Thunder’s favor. Oklahoma Ciy is already 2-0 against the Suns this season with two more head-to-head chances to gain direct ground. And even if they split the matchups, the Thunder would then hold the playoff tiebreaker if the two were to end the season with the same record.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: How OKC's remaining schedule compares with those of Phoenix and New Orleans

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Let’s break down the remaining schedules of both OKC and Phoenix, as well as the New Orleans Pelicans, who are lingering around at 25-22.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grizzlies bully Thunder, send them to another disheartening setback

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    A night that started on a positive note — Kevin Durant nodding to the trainer after some pregame sprints, confirming he could return after a two-game absence — ended on a sour one, a 85-74 bruising beatdown by the bullies of the West.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook qualifies for NBA leaderboard; now second in the league in scoring

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Because of a hand injury that cost him 14 games earlier this season, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook hasn’t been eligible for the NBA leaderboards. Until now.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against one of the best teams in the Western Conference -- the Memphis Grizzlies. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeff Green adds a bit of spice to already exciting Thunder-Grizzlies rivalry

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Green enters a starting lineup that includes Mike Conley, Courtney Lee, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, allowing defensive specialist Tony Allen to serve as a high-energy defensive bulldog off the bench.

  • Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant, Mike Conley questionable for Thunder-Grizzlies game

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    As Kevin Durant finished up his pregame routine this past Monday, he shuttled off to the Thunder locker room with only a minor, almost unnoticeable limp. Durant wouldn’t play that night, sitting out OKC’s win over the Wolves with a sprained left big toe he had suffered the day before. When he left the arena that night, the limp was a little more pronounced. By Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden, Durant’s limp seem to have worsened. And at the Thunder’s Thursday practice in downtown OKC, Durant was off to the side, elevating and icing that bothersome toe. His status remains day-to-day, but there’s concern he again won’t be able to play on Saturday against the 34-14 Grizzlies, which would serve as the

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka's down season a key factor in Thunder's struggles

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    When identifying the main stumbling blocks that have led to the Thunder’s disappointing 23-23 record, injuries reign as the most prominent. But among a list that delves deeper, Ibaka’s surprising decline – at the age of 25, in his sixth season – should be somewhere near the top.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Are the Thunder's current issues correctable?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 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 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 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook named All-Star reserves

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    All-Star weekend will be held on Feb. 13-15 in New York City, with the All-Star Game set for 7:30 p.m. on Sunday the 15th inside Madison Square Garden.

  • Thunder: Knicks overcome Russell Westbrook's 40, beat Durant-less Thunder 100-92

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Carmelo Anthony and a batch of journeyman vets and 10-day contract guys outplayed what should have been a desperate Thunder team – winning 100-92 in Madison Square Garden and handing OKC its latest and most disheartening setback. Langston Galloway added 18 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, finishing with 14 for the Knicks, who won for the fourth time in five games, representing nearly half of their nine victories on the season. Russell Westbrook scored 40 points on 13-of-30 shooting for the Thunder, who were without Kevin Durant for a second straight game because of a sprained big toe on his left foot. Westbrook blitzed the Knicks in his season debut after returning from injury in November, leading

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant misses second straight game with toe injury

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The Thunder superstar missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left big toe. He has now missed 25 of the Thunder’s 46 games this season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Knicks

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    No Kevin Durant again for the Thunder, who take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams selected to World Team for Rising Stars challenge on All-Star weekend

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    With a record hovering around .500 and a roster that’s been depleted by injuries, the Thunder will not send the amount of All-Star weekend representation it has in year’s past. Even Kevin Durant, who has missed 25 games, and Russell Westbrook, who has missed 13, will sweat out Thursday night’s announcement of All-Star reserves. Typically staples at […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow trying to snap out of prolonged shooting slump

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The sharpshooter has done plenty to dispel the reputation of him as a singularly skilled player — but he’s been struggling with his shot. It’s something Morrow says he’s gone through before. “Every season,” he said. “Shots aren’t going to fall consistently.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder-Knicks expected to go on as scheduled

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Despite postponement of the Knicks home game against the Kings on Monday night, New York’s home schedule is expected to resume on Wednesday night against the Thunder.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams returns from migraine headache to key Thunder win

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Overall, during the first two seasons of his Thunder career, Adams has been extremely durable. Before Sunday, despite a pair of sprained ankles and some other nagging ailments, Adams was yet to miss a game in his first two seasons due to injury: “I always try to play through stuff,” he said.




Anthony Slater Today at 1:36 PM @davisrobby Should know in a couple hours
Anthony Slater Today at 1:35 PM A deeper exploration of the Thunder's terrible injury luck this season -> LINK LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 10:39 AM @RonnLennon Game-time decision
Anthony Slater Today at 10:37 AM Thunder 3.5-point favorites on the road in LA today without Durant, Westbrook or Adams. Oh how the Lakers have fallen.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:21 AM Russell Westbrook's rebounding from the guard spot was unbelievable last month LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 9:18 AM A closer look at Russell Westbrook's historic February by the ridiculous numbers - LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 08:35:02 PM CST Hopping on @SiriusXMNBA quick to talk Russell Westbrook and some Thunder hoops.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 08:03:59 PM CST A closer look at Russell Westbrook's historic February by the unbelievable numbers - LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 07:59:58 PM CST @campbell_mat Chris Paul had 126, three more than Westbrook
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 07:52:11 PM CST Russell Westbrook's 374 February points were 107 more than anyone else in the NBA (Harden, 267). He was also 2nd in NBA with 123 assists.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 07:08:16 PM CST @Christian_OU Maynor 57 games, Sefolosha 23
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 06:59:33 PM CST Games missed due to injury by the Thunder the past five seasons: LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 06:17:17 PM CST A deeper exploration of the Thunder's terrible injury luck this season -> LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 04:07:31 PM CST RT @WojYahooNBA Russell Westbrook won't miss much time with surgery. "If he had a playoff game (Sunday), he could play," source tells Yahoo.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 03:42:54 PM CST Good news: Thunder have light schedule in next seven days. Only play three games: Lakers, Sixers and Bulls.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 03:40:40 PM CST The play it happened: https://t.co/Y7JtVRCvtV
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 03:38:13 PM CST Zygomatic arch bone that Russell Westbrook fractured LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 03:35:59 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Westbrook underwent a surgical procedure on a fracture to his zygomatic arch bone. He will miss Sunday's game. Will be…
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 02:22:55 PM CST Thunder game notes for tomorrow have Russell Westbrook still in the starting lineup. But could change if there's update later today.
Anthony Slater Sat, Feb. 28 2015 11:41:55 AM CST Pic looks rough RT @NewsOKSports: Russell Westbrook undergoes tests after taking knee to face: LINK LINK

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