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: 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.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How should this Thunder season be viewed?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 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 […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Questions about the Thunder? Join Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. for some Thunder talk on the playoff race, Sunday's rally against the Suns and more.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 109-97 win in Phoenix

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 109-97 win in Phoenix: 1. Huge road win – The road map for the shorthanded Thunder of late has typically included a hot start, a first half double-digit lead and a second half crumble, resulting in a disheartening loss. It happened in Dallas a couple weeks ago and again in Utah on […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder tries to extend its lead over the Phoenix Suns for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The stretch run has begun. Looking to bounce back from a blowout loss, the Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What exactly is going on with Kevin Durant's foot?

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    For the third time in less than six months, Durant will have surgery on his bothersome right foot. The latest is a bone graft procedure scheduled for early next week in New York. It comes with a 4-to-6 month recovery timetable – easily the longest of the three surgeries – and sets his projected return to basketball activity between late July and late September, right at the heels of training camp.




Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 11:41:28 PM CST Billy Donovan holds emotional farewell press conference in Gainesville, heads back to OKC: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 07:04:54 PM CST Former Gators on 7 of 8 remaining teams: Beal (Wiz), Horford (ATL), Noah (Bulls), Miller (Cavs), Brewer (HOU), Calathes (MEM), Lee (GSW).
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 03:15:46 PM CST New Thunder podcast discussing the Billy Donovan hire: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 11:58:30 AM CST Billy Donovan on Russell Westbrook: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 11:52:33 AM CST Perk on Scott Brooks https://t.co/DNUVRxCMKE
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 10:54:07 AM CST Taking your Thunder questions here: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 10:08:19 AM CST Cool text convo between Anthony Morrow and NBA MVP Steph Curry, both from Charlotte area: https://t.co/vmu0nhXnUM
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 10:05:30 AM CST Russell Westbrook finishes fourth in MVP voting, behind Steph Curry (winner), James Harden and LeBron James.
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 09:53:27 AM CST Billy Donovan says still no decision on his coaching staff. Will gather with Thunder front office in coming days and discuss.
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 09:32:30 AM CST Billy Donovan's presser in Gainesville has started: https://t.co/1YJawVUMTW
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 04 2015 09:25:43 AM CST Billy Donovan's farewell press conference from Gainesville on ESPN News and can be streamed here: https://t.co/1YJawVUMTW
Anthony Slater Sun, May. 03 2015 10:32:55 AM CST Billy Donovan's never coached Russell Westbrook. But his coaching track record suggest that shouldn't be an issue: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, May. 03 2015 12:02:48 AM CST Mitch McGary, ESPN boxing analyst LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, May. 02 2015 11:59:16 PM CST Billy Donovan has a history of managing unique personalities like Russell Westbrook. Story in Sunday's paper: LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, May. 02 2015 11:46:04 PM CST Spurs-Clippers >>>>> Mayweather-Pacquiao
Anthony Slater Sat, May. 02 2015 09:53:38 PM CST All four conference finalists (Thunder, Spurs, Heat, Pacers) from a season ago eliminated before Round 2.
Anthony Slater Sat, May. 02 2015 09:42:34 PM CST Shoulda went Austin Rivers iso, but I guess that works too.
Anthony Slater Sat, May. 02 2015 02:57:51 PM CST @Reilly_Lamp I had the same thought
Anthony Slater Fri, May. 01 2015 09:23:55 PM CST With KD in the room, Billy Donovan was asked and answered the first of likely many KD free agency questions: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, May. 01 2015 05:16:42 PM CST @NYCAnderson Yep

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