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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    It's a Christmas Day treat, as the Thunder and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs face off in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder and Spurs limp into once-intriguing Christmas Day matchup

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Because of a devastating rash of injuries, OKC sits at 13-16 and 10th in the crowded West. The Spurs, meanwhile, have been hot and cold, facing some injury problems of their own and currently sitting at 18-11 and seventh in the conference.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: What would you get Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for Christmas?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 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 […]

  • VIDEO: Fight breaks out in stands during Thunder-Blazers game

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    With officials reviewing a late-game tussle between Serge Ibaka and LaMarcus Aldridge on the court on Tuesday night, a fight broke out off of it. With the teams waiting at their respective benches, a scene broke out in the lower bowl, right near the section where player’s families typically sit. There’s video of the incident embedded above (h/t@BigEZ). And […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Late defensive breakdown gives Damian Lillard wide-open three, dooms Thunder in loss to Blazers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    After a series of Thunder defensive breakdowns allowed the Blazers to make up a 10-point deficit in 92 seconds, the most egregious of them all allowed Damien Lillard to spring free for a late-game heartbreaker to seal a shocking run and send this one to overtime, where Portland prevailed 115-111.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka, LaMarcus Aldridge ejected after late-game tussle

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    In the closing seconds of overtime, after the Blazers had already all but wrapped up their eventual win, LaMarcus Aldridge and Serge Ibaka nearly came to blows on the baseline. The two powerful power forwards were tussling for a rebound when it got physical, with each pushing each other and then grappling in an intense bear hug. They were eventually separated and the refs ejected both. But during the delay to review the altercation, a more serious fight broke out in the stands, with multiple punches thrown. It was near the section where player’s families typically sit, but the participants in the scuffle were not identified.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Can the Oklahoma City Thunder close the gap on the Northwest Division-leading Portland Trail Blazers? OKC will have to do so without Kevin Durant tonight. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Russell Westbrook on his 3-point attempts: "I honestly need to stop taking as many"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    In the past 10 games, the Thunder is 8-2. And in those eight wins, Russell Westbrook took only 2.6 three-pointers per contest. But in the two losses, Westbrook jacked up a combined 16 — going 3-of-10 at Golden State last Thursday and 0-of-6 against the Pelicans on Sunday night. There’s a clear correlation. And it’s something […]

  • Russell Westbrook grows tired of late-game criticism: 'I don't want to hear it'

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    After faltering down the stretch of Sunday’s tough 101-99 loss to the Pelicans, Russell Westbrook likely knew the criticism was coming. He hadn’t made a pass in the final four minutes. He missed all six of his shots in the final three minutes. And he committed the game’s deciding turnover — leading to an Anthony Davis fastbreak dunk […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Davis torches Serge Ibaka, leads Pelicans to win over Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Anthony Davis came to town. His Pelicans beat the Thunder 101-99. And much of that was related to the 21-year-old MVP candidate’s complete demolition of Serge Ibaka on both ends.

  • Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant remains out, Kendrick Perkins returns from minor injury against New Orleans

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    When Kevin Durant woke up on Sunday morning, his sprained right ankle was “definitely feeling better,” according to Scott Brooks. But the swelling and soreness apparently hadn’t subsided enough for him to return.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder returns home from its West Coast trip to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Breaking down the Thunder season after the first trimester

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    With all that has already happened, it’s hard to believe the NBA season is only a third old. What have we learned? Who has surprised? Disappointed? We ask four writers four questions, breaking down the first 27 games of OKC’s season.

  • Oklahoma CIty Thunder notebook: Lakers' Nick Young calls Steven Adams 'sneaky dirty'

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    This, of course, isn't the first time Adams has been involved in this type of situation. Last year, including the pre- and postseason, Adams got five players either ejected, suspended or both for retaliatory moves — all the while keeping his cool and never getting hit with more than a single technical.

  • VIDEO: Nick Young calls Steven Adams a 'sneaky dirty' player after on-court altercation

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    With more than 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter on Friday night, Steven Adams squared to set a pindown screen for Jeremy Lamb. But as he initiated contact on Nick Young — Lamb’s defender — Adams looked to be holding Young up with his right hand. “I just set a screen,” Adams said. “They […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson get redemption in win over the Lakers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Kobe Bryant misses a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer as Oklahoma City escapes with 104-103 victory.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant remains day-to-day with a right ankle sprain

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins also out with a minor knee contusion. He is listed as day-to-day.

  • Kevin Durant will not play against Lakers, remains day-to-day

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Kevin Durant left Oracle Arena on Thursday night with only a slight limp, telling media members postgame he hoped to play against the Lakers the next night. But after some reevaluation Friday morning, the team decided against it. Durant's sprained ankle will force him to miss tonight's game at Staples Center against the Lakers. Moving forward, he is day-to-day, expected to get reevaluated on Saturday in OKC with the chance he returns Sunday against the Pelicans. It is not considered a serious sprain. In his first seven seasons, Durant missed only a combined 16 games. In Year 8, this will already be his 18th missed.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    What's the latest on Kevin Durant? Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater checks in from the West Coast road trip to answer your questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 114-109 loss in Golden State

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 114-109 loss in Golden State on Thursday night: 1. KD goes down – Disaster, at this point, seems to be averted. Kevin Durant was walking without crutches, a walking boot or much of a limp postgame. X-rays on his right ankle were negative. He even said he hopes to play as […]




Anthony Slater Today at 12:02 PM Memphis coach Dave Joerger said Mike Conley's status for tomorrow's game vs OKC is still unknown. Dealing with wrist injury.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:00 PM Zach Randolph on the Thunder: "I think they're going to make the playoffs."
Anthony Slater Today at 8:39 AM On Serge Ibaka, his down season and how it has hurt the Thunder -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 8:21 AM ICYMI: @DarnellMayberry had a lot to say on our latest Thunder podcast - LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 09:55:40 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast -- LINK -- is now on iTunes: https://t.co/R7ALwCARWw
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 09:12:15 PM CST Some thoughts on Serge Ibaka, his down season and how it has hurt the Thunder -> LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 06:26:08 PM CST Only four players are currently averaging 25+ points. Three are coming off the West bench: Harden (27.3), KD (25.6) and Westbrook (25.2).
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 06:06:36 PM CST Charles Barkley: "I love Kevin Durant, but he ain't played enough games (to make ASG). This ain't a lifetime achievement award."
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 06:04:11 PM CST TNT officially announce Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as West All-Star reserves. 6th time for KD, 4th for Russ.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 05:06:49 PM CST Thunder get two in RT @WojYahooNBA Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook has been selected to the Western Conference All-Star reserves
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 04:57:01 PM CST New Thunder podcast: Are OKC's current issues correctable? LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 04:38:04 PM CST Despite missing 25 of first 46 games RT @sam_amick: Reigning MVP Kevin Durant will be an All-Star reserve, I'm told.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 04:01:37 PM CST New Thunder podcast coming shortly.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 12:27:29 PM CST Dion Waiters didn't practice today. Sore ankle. Not considered serious.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 11:48:27 AM CST Kevin Durant remains out with a sprained toe. Didn't practice with the team in NYC today.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 12:28:35 AM CST Turbulent Thunder season hits low-point in loss to the Knicks. Story from OKC: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jan. 29 2015 12:02:34 AM CST Suns beat the Wizards, jump to 3.5 games up on OKC for the #8 seed. Terrible night for the Thunder.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:11:58 PM CST Kendrick Perkins: "We gotta get our s*** together"
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:39:56 PM CST RT @royceyoung: Kevin Durant's brother with his thoughts: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:23:43 PM CST The Knicks entered tonight 0-10 against last year's West playoff teams. Now 1-10. Just a terrible loss for the Thunder.

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