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.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 110-104 win in Denver

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Here are five observations from the Thunder's 110-104 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night: 1. Catching a rhythm -- Back on December 3rd, after a late loss in Miami capped an 0-2 road trip, the Thunder's record dipped to a disappointing 11-8. "(That was) so long ago, man," Kevin Durant recently said, comparing it to their preseason. "We're just a totally different team." Since that loss, the Thunder has played 24 games. It has won 20 of them. The latest was a nice victory against a pesky Nuggets team in Denver on Tuesday night. OKC's offense, which is humming right now, put up 30 assists for the second time in the past week and fourth time this season. The Thunder only did that twice all of last

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater to talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Thunder journal: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh comment on this version of the Thunder

    By Anthony Slater, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry   | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    The Heat's Wade, Bosh and coach Erik Spoelstra still have a good perspective on the Thunder. They were three of the four main faces for the only team to conquer OKC’s young core back in the 2012 playoffs.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How encouraging was the Thunder's undefeated home stand?

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    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 Buddies -- 01/18 (<–Click Here) - The Thunder just completed an undefeated homestand. What encouraged us most about the three blowouts? How good can Cam Payne become? Did Dion Waiters turn a corner? Berry Tramel joins us to discuss. Archive Thunder Buddies -- 01/14 - We're 40 games into this Thunder season, basically

  • OKC Thunder: Dion Waiters helps Thunder to blowout of Heat

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    On Sunday night, the Thunder completed an impressive 3-0 homestand with a 99-74 win over the Heat. It followed a 20-point blowout of the Timberwolves and a 19-point drubbing of the Mavericks.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Heat

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Follow live updates of tonight's game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder halfway through the season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    The NBA season is halfway done. Here is the Oklahoma City Thunder's report card through 41 games:

  • OKC Thunder: By the numbers through 41 games

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Breaking down the first half of the Thunder season by the numbers:

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing Sunday's game against the Miami Heat

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater previews the Thunder's Sunday night matchup with the Miami Heat When: 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: FSOK (Cox 37/HD 722; Dish 416; DirecTV 676-5; U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Three Things to know -Heat center Hassan Whiteside had a triple-double in his last game, compiling 19 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks. -Miami is without point guard Goran Dragic and reserve center Chris Anderson. Dwyane Wade is a game-time decision with shoulder soreness. -This is the final game of a three-game homestand for the Thunder. OKC plays in Denver on Tuesday before returning home to face the Hornets on Wednesday. Projected

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook quarterbacks Thunder to win over Timberwolves, himself to another triple-double

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    In the Thunder’s 113-93 throttling of the Timberwolves, whatever button OKC’s quarterback pushed worked.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The Thunder is looking for its second win this week over the Timberwolves. Follow live updates of tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Taking a closer look at the Thunder’s most successful lineups

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    In the entire NBA this season, only 21 lineups have played at least 200 minutes together. Only nine lineups have played at least 300 minutes together. Only three lineups have played at least 450 minutes together. The Pistons starters. The Knicks starters. The Thunder starters. Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams have linked up for 461 minutes. Nearly 10 entire games. In that time, they've outscored opponents by 171 points. Their offensive rating is 112.7 (points per 100 possessions). Their defensive rating is 91.9. That's a net rating of 20.8. Of the NBA's 50 most used lineups, only one rivals that dominance.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Midseason evaluation of the OKC Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    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 Buddies -- 01/14 (<–Click Here) - We're 40 games into this Thunder season, basically at the halfway point. OKC is on a near 58-win pace. Sounds good. But it hasn't been as smooth as that sounds. We hand out evaluations. Archive Thunder Buddies - 12/28 - It's a holiday edition of the Thunder Buddies podcast.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's Thunder writer Anthony Slater to talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook ejected as Thunder rout short-handed Mavericks

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder, helped when Dallas sat out its usual starters, beat the Mavericks 108-89 Wednesday night.

  • OKC Thunder: Mavericks to rest Dirk Nowitzki and three other starters against the Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    When the Thunder and Mavericks meet on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, both teams will be on the second night of a back-to-back, completing stressful games less than 24 hours earlier in a different city. But the scheduling advantage clearly goes to the Thunder. On Wednesday, ESPN Dallas reported that the Mavericks planned to rest four starters -- Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Deron Williams and Wes Matthews -- against OKC. Everyone is expected to be available for the Thunder. On Tuesday night, the Mavericks lost at home in overtime to the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Nowitzki, Parsons, Williams and Matthews all logging 38 or more minutes. With a challenging road trip ahead, OKC then Chicago then San Antonio, Rick

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 101-96 of the Timberwolves

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Here are five observations from the Thunder's 101-96 win over the Timberwolves: 1. Durant closes -- By Kevin Durant standards, he's been struggling with his shot lately. In the past seven games, he's 63-of-133 (47 percent) from the field and 15-of-40 (37 percent) from three. Solid numbers for nearly everyone in the world, but below Durant's season and career averages. Those mild struggles bled into Tuesday night's game in Minnesota, when Durant started 7-of-21, including a stretch from the middle of the third quarter to late in the fourth where he missed seven of his eight shots. But Durant always feels one jumper away from catching a rhythm. That came with 2:54 left in the game and OKC in desperate

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing Tuesday night's game at Minnesota

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater previews the Thunder's Tuesday night matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves When: 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday Where: Target Center, Minneapolis TV: FSN Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722; Dish 416; DirecTV 676-5; U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Three Things to know -The Timberwolves have lost six straight games and 10 of their past 11. They are 12-26 on the season, the third worst record in the West. -Following the Thunder's recent loss in Portland, OKC is now only one game up on the Clippers for the third seed in the West. The Clippers have won nine straight games. -Serge Ibaka has only grabbed nine rebounds combined in the past three games, dipping his

  • OKC Thunder journal: Kobe Bryant says, 'I wouldn’t discount (the Thunder) one bit'

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Kobe says Oklahoma City is in the same championship class as Golden State, San Antonio.

  • OKC Thunder: Damian Lillard's late 3-point barrage stifles Thunder in loss to Portland

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    On back-to-back-to-back late fourth quarter possessions, Lillard pulled up from deep and lasered through a 3-pointer, bringing Portland back in a blink.




Anthony Slater Today at 9:36 AM Recap from Phoenix, where another great Thunder offensive performance masked another poor defensive performance: https://t.co/LIsxVQATk1
Anthony Slater Today at 9:21 AM Postgame analysis of OKC's win in Phoenix + interviews with Donovan, Durant, Westbrook and Waiters: https://t.co/ZWKoar5hfg
Anthony Slater Today at 9:11 AM Some interesting stuff. You can listen to the entire @TheVertical podcast with Scott Brooks here: https://t.co/BiEpMYEIvK
Anthony Slater Today at 9:10 AM Scott Brooks on being fired: https://t.co/kQe8LZemYA
Anthony Slater Today at 9:08 AM Scott Brooks talked with @ChrisMannixYS for a podcast. Here's a look at the OKC related topics they discussed: https://t.co/b0srJTepdK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:23 AM Recap from Phoenix, where another great Thunder offensive performance overshadowed some defensive struggles: https://t.co/LIsxVQjist
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 11:59:49 PM CST Singler hair/pose in this picture makes it look like backboard is electrocuting him: https://t.co/qqqeYPs3PA
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 11:27:42 PM CST Russell Westbrook: "We gotta be better. If we want to be elite, we gotta do a better job of defending."
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:37:20 PM CST Final: Thunder beat the Suns 122-106. Kevin Durant finishes with 32 points. OKC now 39-14 on the season.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:32:52 PM CST Thunder from 3 tonight: 15-of-32 Suns from 3 tonight: 1-of-11
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:29:32 PM CST O-K-C chant breaking out in Phoenix. Thunder pulling away late.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:27:24 PM CST Kevin Durant with 29 points, 22 after halftime.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:26:05 PM CST Ibaka is epitome of OKC's defense right now: struggling with energy, too many lapses, but capable of making incredible plays like that block
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:22:48 PM CST Adams, Ibaka and Kanter all have five fouls right now.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:18:39 PM CST Big corner 3 from Dion Waiters. He has 15 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and a block tonight.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:12:29 PM CST Lotta misses at the rim for the Thunder in this fourth quarter. Suns creeping back into it: 99-94 OKC, 5:58 left.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:10:09 PM CST Serge blocks Markieff, Thunder bench goes thumbs down. Markieff puts an and-1 over him, then sends a thumbs-down toward Thunder bench.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:01:01 PM CST Thunder defense has been a lot better the past 6-8 minutes. Kevin Durant really cranked the energy up.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:00:15 PM CST Dion Waiters took a hard fall on a dunk attempt. Stayed down for a bit. Flexing wrist. Looks like he'll stay in the game.
Anthony Slater Mon, Feb. 08 2016 09:55:29 PM CST Kevin Durant remains in to start the fourth for the second straight game. Expect he won't come out til Westbrook returns. Donovan staggering

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