Anthony Slater
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.

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  • Five observations from the Thunder's 128-119 overtime loss in Dallas

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Here are five observations (and some other notes) from the Thunder’s 128-119 loss in Dallas on Tuesday night: 1.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC gets burned by defensive lapses, Dirk Nowitzki in loss to Mavericks

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    This Thunder loss can be blamed on too much Dirk Nowitzki, too much Jose Calderon and far too many defensive lapses with the game on the line.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant not worried about dip in free throw percentage

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    For a vast majority of NBA players, an 86-percent clip from the free throw line is something they can only dream about. For Kevin Durant, it’s just a disappointing number that represents his second-lowest mark in the past five seasons. And of late, it’s been slowly dipping. Durant shot 85 percent from the line in February and, entering Tuesday, was only 82 percent in March. Still a strong conversion rate, but considering how many he takes — Durant is the league leader at 10.1 attempts per game — it’s a noticeable difference. In the past month, Durant has missed five in a game twice and six in a game once. He’s gone a full season without doing that before. But he doesn’t seem worried.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have Russell Westbrook back on the floor in a rematch against the Dallas Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • OKC Thunder: Contributions come from everywhere in Thunder victory

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City goes from dangerous to deadly when its bench players have the scoring touch.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook sits out Denver game, will play at Dallas

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Thunder will stick to plan of rest one, play one during its scheduled back-to-back games.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is sitting this one out, but the Thunder looks for its fourth consecutive win, back at home against the Denver Nuggets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook practices, says there's no concern over 'light sprain'

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Caron Butler said the whole state of Oklahoma probably said a collective prayer when Westbrook walked off the court with a knee sprain.

  • OKC Thunder: Buzzer beater or buzzer cheater — is this NBA ploy selfish or smart?

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Taking the half-court heave has its pros and cons. A miss can hurt a player’s shooting percentage, while a made shot makes a player look like a hero.

  • Russell Westbrook's knee is fine after injury scare in Toronto

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    The Thunder has finally dodged an injury bullet. After what initially looked to be a potentially serious knee injury on Friday night in Toronto, Russell Westbrook walked out of the arena fine, without a brace and telling The Oklahoman that he didn’t expect to miss any time.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook leaves game with apparent right knee injury

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    During the third quarter of the Thunder’s Friday night game in Toronto, Russell Westbrook left with an apparent injury to his surgically repaired right knee.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Raptors

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is back for the second half of the back-to-back, and the Thunder travels across the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Five quick observations from the Thunder's 102-95 win in Cleveland

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    Here are five quick observations from the Thunder’s 102-95 win in Cleveland on Thursday night: 1.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Cavaliers

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    The Thunder play the first game of a back-to-back without Russell Westbrook tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is OKC being overly cautious with Russell Westbrook?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our newly created 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.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 97-85 win in Chicago

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s impressive 97-85 win in Chicago on Monday nigh97 1.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Bulls

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is back and the Thunder will need him against the physical Chicago Bulls tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from the Twitter world.

  • Kevin Durant to be honored for his $1 million donation to tornado victims

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is among four set to be honored next month at the Dialogue Institute’s Annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

  • OKC Thunder: Defense collapses in Thunder's loss to Dallas

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    Just 57 seconds into the second half, a furious Scott Brooks stormed off the bench, hands in the air, waving for a timeout. Might as well have been the national distress signal. Because no matter how many frustrated stoppages Brooks asked for — and there were two more in an ugly third quarter — they only served as temporary reprieve for an ongoing beatdown at the hands of the Mavericks on Sunday night. Dallas 109, OKC 86, the Thunder’s worst home loss (23 points) since April 2009, the franchise’s inaugural season in the metro. “The timeouts…well we didn’t need them at the end of the game,” Brooks joked. Once again, as has been the case during this recent tailspin, the problems started on the

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook rests during Thunder loss to Dallas

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    The move is pure precaution, according to coach Scott Brooks, and Westbrook will start against the Chicago Bulls on Monday.




Anthony Slater Today at 11:42 PM @Letsgocubs13 They play D like they did vs LAC, they're title favorites. But that'll be a challenge. Should be fun to watch.
Anthony Slater Today at 11:38 PM @Letsgocubs13 You could be right. Although rebounding is never an easy task against the Grizzlies frontline.
Anthony Slater Today at 11:35 PM @GraciieeMaee Haha yeah, the dude is hilarious
Anthony Slater Today at 11:34 PM ICYMI Thunder-Grizzlies podcast: LINK AND roundtable: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 11:14 PM @Mrjoshua_bryan Sure. Just has to be after the playoffs.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:32 PM @Mrjoshua_bryan lol not really up for a Twitter job interview right now
Anthony Slater Today at 9:34 PM Shoutout to the @NewsOKVideo crew and @VideoKyle for that Thunder commercial. Great job.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:33 PM Check out this sweet new @NewsOK Thunder commercial for the playoffs (I even make a cameo lol): LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 8:43 PM Why Kevin Durant and the Thunder are more prepared for Memphis' defensive pressure this time around: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 8:33 PM @Mrjoshua_bryan First to report that Westbrook's MRI revealed no damage after that Toronto scare
Anthony Slater Today at 8:16 PM @BeckyKeith73 Likely next week some time. But KD is basically a lock.
Anthony Slater Today at 8:15 PM @Mrjoshua_bryan The guy has established incredible league sources over years and years of work. It's his specialty.
Anthony Slater Today at 7:23 PM Can Mike Miller reprise his role as Thunder killer? -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 6:37 PM @krissycon Now
Anthony Slater Today at 6:30 PM That dude @DarnellMayberry breaks down the Thunder-Grizzlies matchups -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 6:26 PM Nick Calathes was Memphis' back-up point guard. Averaged 4.9 pts, 2.9 asts in 16.1 mpg. Rotation hit for the Grizz.
Anthony Slater Today at 6:24 PM Out for OKC series RT @WojYahooNBA Memphis guard Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for violation of NBA's Anti-Drug policy.
Anthony Slater Today at 5:47 PM Lot of great Thunder-Grizzlies playoff moments the past few years. My favorite: The Tony Allen T-shirt throw -> https://t.co/7Etd0VhufB
Anthony Slater Today at 5:25 PM Scott Brooks on Russell Westbrook's playoff limitations: "It's unlimited. He can play as I see fit."
Anthony Slater Today at 4:13 PM Barring a Grizz sweep, Derek Fisher will become the NBA all-time leader in playoff games played. He's at 240. Robert Horry leads with 244.