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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  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook out against Dallas Mavericks

    Published: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will not play tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. Reggie Jackson will start against the Mavs, with the Thunder deciding to rest Westbrook for Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls. Thunder coach Scott Brooks recently said that Westbrook would get some rest on some back-to-backs down the stretch run. The Thunder have six back-to-backs remaining on the schedule, starting with Mavs-Bulls.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder take on their rivals from the Lone Star State -- the Dallas Mavericks -- today at 6 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook to rest some on the Thunder's upcoming back-to-backs

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Of late, the Thunder has had a relatively cushy schedule, not playing a back-to-back since the start of February. But in the season’s final month, OKC will play six. And according to Scott Brooks, Westbrook will rest in some, if not all, of those.

  • Thunder plans to rest Russell Westbrook during back-to-backs in the final month

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    When the Thunder first announced Russell Westbrook’s post All-Star break return, it came with two caveats.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb's rotation role continues to shrink

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Jeremy Lamb’s minutes have been severely cut since the All-Star break, whittled down to basically nothing the past two games. In search of more defense, Scott Brooks has upped the playing time of Perry Jones, his rangy “utility defender,” and Andre Roberson, his defensive-minded rookie.

  • OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson makes it tough on Lakers' Jodie Meeks

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    A few days after dropping a career-high 42 points on the Thunder in Los Angeles, Meeks manages just 19 on Thursday night in Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant jump starts the Kind and Strong initiative

    By Anthony Slater and Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    Durant is working to get 1 million people to sign a petition on StrongandKind.com to follow five guidelines in promoting “the best way to show strength is to show kindness.”

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Lakers

    Staff reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder looks for some revenge against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from the Twitter world.

  • OKC Thunder: Caron Butler part of what is becoming the Thunder's new closing five

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    Butler arrived in Oklahoma City with an inkling that he’d get some playing time. But this much, this early?

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Has Thunder-Rockets become the most intriguing Western Conference matchup?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 12, 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 106-98 win over the Rockets

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    The Thunder beat the Rockets 106-98 on Tuesday night in a dramatic tussle between two budding Western Conference rivals.

  • Thunder-Rockets rivalry has its most dramatic turn

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    The stage was set for Russell Westbrook against Patrick Beverley — a showdown that had been brewing for months and more than lived up to the hype. But the main event had quite the intriguing undercard. And a developing rivalry between two of the Western Conference’s elite took a most dramatic turn on Tuesday night, with physical feuds aplenty in the Thunder’s needed 106-98 win over the Rockets. It started with Beverley’s familiar timeout undercut on Westbrook, done in the exact same spot as last season’s run-in that resulted in Westbrook’s knee injury, followed by a pair of tussles between the two. But from there, the dramatics only built and the bad blood continued to boil.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams leads stiff defensive effort against Dwight Howard

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    After Tuesday’s shootaround, Kendrick Perkins spent some extra time with Steven Adams, instructing the Thunder rookie on how to effectively guard Rockets center Dwight Howard. At least for a game, it seemed to have worked. In his 24 minutes, Adams held his own against the perennial All-Star, blocking his shot once and frustrating him into a couple loose ball fouls and a technical. “Experience is the best teacher,” Kevin Durant said. “There’s so much coaches can tell you. Having Perk, he’s been through it, guarded some of the best. To help a guy like Steven, 20-year-old rookie, try to find his way.” Howard finished with a quiet nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    James Harden is back in town with one of the hottest teams in the league, as the Houston Rockets visit the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from the Twitter world.

  • Russell Westbrook shoos away questions on Patrick Beverley and the play that caused his knee injury

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    On Tuesday night, for the first time since his fateful knee injury, Russell Westbrook will play against Patrick Beverley, the Rockets guard who incidentally caused it last April.

  • OKC Thunder: Team holds extended film session amid recent defensive slump

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    “The defense has been bad,” said Nick Collison. “It’s now up to individuals to look at themselves and make corrections.”




Anthony Slater Today at 12:07 PM Gregg Popovich doing his end of third quarter interview with Craig Sager Jr. today. Nice gesture.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:47 AM @mcrandall5050 Meh. I just thought there was an energy lapse because of the lead they built. Plus Memphis is good. They're capable.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:40 AM @mcrandall5050 No, Butler was just playing well. Still would have went with Thabo a bit more, though.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:39 AM @TPA_87 Terribly. But I still would have brought him back a little earlier. He had enough time to decompress.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:37 AM RT @KOCOCarson: Today's headline in the Oklahoman. (I went with "Hibernating Flair", since the #Thunder finally flipped the switch) http://…
Anthony Slater Today at 10:34 AM @jacobkniffen Yeah, it was strange how long he rested him late third -> early fourth
Anthony Slater Today at 10:28 AM @badkarma2012 He got like 30 seconds right at the end when it was decided.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:26 AM How Brooks allotted his Gm 1 minutes: KD–43 Ibaka–34 Westbrook–33 Butler–31 RJax–24 Collison–19 Perk–16 Adams–12 Fish–12 Thabo–11 Thabeet–4
Anthony Slater Today at 9:20 AM Story on Caron Butler's momentum-changing dunk and all-around solid playoff debut for OKC: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 9:10 AM Five observations (and Vines, notes, etc.) from the Thunder's Game 1 win over Memphis -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 3:49 AM Five observations (and a TON more) from the Thunder's Game 1 win over Memphis -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 2:46 AM Here's that Caron Butler dunk https://t.co/UHL94VU34r
Anthony Slater Today at 1:44 AM Serge Iblocka with some highlight swats in Game 1 https://t.co/tcK0MmR97P
Anthony Slater Today at 1:20 AM On Caron Butler's momentum-changing dunk and big night: LINK (Observations coming later)
Anthony Slater Today at 12:32 AM Solid photo of Caron Butler's dunk (by Nate Billings): LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:16 AM Per Thunder, Russell Westbrook went to the locker room late in the third quarter to change his jersey. Had blood on it.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:21:58 PM CST Final from Game 1: Thunder beats the Grizzlies 100-85. Game 2 on Monday night at 7 p.m. CT.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:20:03 PM CST Capped a solid win RT @James_Poling Ibaka swats, Durant dunks, Ibaka yells https://t.co/n1lCwiCQtE
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:19:32 PM CST Kevin Durant leaves with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:18:06 PM CST Serge Ibaka changes games with some of his blocks. Has four tonight.