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.

  • OKC Thunder: The ascension of Kawhi Leonard has complicated the Thunder’s matchup with San Antonio

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    Leonard’s Spurs will be in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili won’t make the trip. And with the second seed essentially locked up, Leonard may rest, too. It’s the Gregg Popovich way. But regardless, in Oklahoma City, Leonard’s long-armed presence looms as one of the scariest roadblocks on the path ahead.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Kevin Durant breaks his own personal streak of 20-plus point games, most in the NBA since 2006

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    It’s the longest in the NBA since Kobe Bryant had 63 in 2005-06.

  • Driver who killed wife of Thunder assistant had methamphetamine in her system at time of crash

    By Anthony Slater Staff writer Aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    Susannah Donaldson, 52, of Oklahoma City, was going 92 miles per hour 1.2 seconds before the crash and 78 mph at impact, police Sgt. Gary Knight said last month. She died at the scene.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    Can the Thunder extend its winning streak to six games? Follow live coverage of tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: USA Today writer Sam Amick discusses the national perception of the Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 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 -- 03/23 (<–Click Here) - USA Today national writer Sam Amick joins the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion about the Thunder. What's the national perception of the team right now? What's his gut feeling about Kevin Durant? Could Enes Kanter really win Sixth Man of the Year? We converse about all that and more.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    The Thunder is on a five-game winning streak and looks to be gaining momentum with the playoffs around the corner. Talk about the team's hot streak with writer Anthony Slater in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook helps the Thunder hold on late in win over the Rockets

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Mar 22, 2016

    Westbrook’s stat-line again told the tale: 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds, his third consecutive triple-double, sixth this month and 15th of the season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Mar 22, 2016

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

  • Thunder: Kevin Durant (elbow) will play against the Rockets on Tuesday night

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Mar 22, 2016

    Despite a scary fall late in the third quarter on Saturday night in Indianapolis, in which he banged his right elbow, Kevin Durant stayed in the Thunder's win over the Pacers. And even after sitting out Monday's practice, the elbow issue won't force him to miss any time. Durant will play against the Rockets on Tuesday night. "It's fine," Durant said Tuesday morning. "I'll be fine.

  • Thunder journal: Kevin Durant (elbow) misses practice, questionable for the Rockets game

    By Anthony Slater Staff writer Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    Late in the third quarter on Saturday night in Indianapolis, Kevin Durant flew in for an acrobatic block, but was undercut and fell hard on his right elbow. He stayed down for a little while, wincing in pain during a timeout, but remained in and closed out the game. But after an off-day Sunday, he didn't practice on Monday. Durant was seen walking across the floor with an ice-pack on his elbow. "Did a little bit on the side," coach Billy Donovan said. "But in terms of the contact stuff we did, he didn't do anything." Does Donovan expect Durant to be available against the Rockets on Tuesday night? "Gonna see how he's doing tomorrow, but it's nothing too serious, nothing that's a major problem," Donovan said.

  • Thunder center Steven Adams on the Dwight Howard Stickum controversy: "Maybe that's why he misses free throws"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    During the Rockets game in Atlanta on Tuesday night, Dwight Howard was caught using Stickum spray on his hands. After receiving the ball for a free throw, Hawks forward Paul Millsap reported a strange substance on it. Official Monty McCutchen warned both benches, then reportedly spotted a suspicious can on the scorer's table behind Houston coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Howard downplayed it postgame: “I don’t know why people are making a big deal out of it,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “I do it every game. It’s not a big deal.” “I’ve never felt the ball like that ever,” Millsap told reporters. “It was sticky. It was like super

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Does this current 4-game win streak change your opinion of the Thunder?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Mar 21, 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 - 03/21 (<–Click Here) - Fresh off a disaster 4-8 slump coming out of the All-Star break, the Thunder is on a four-game win streak, perhaps playing its best basketball of the season. How encouraged should you be? How good has Enes Kanter become? What's up with Serge Ibaka? We discuss all that and more with Berry Tramel.

  • Thunder: Assistant coach Mo Cheeks (hip surgery) will return to sidelines against Rockets on Tuesday

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    The Thunder’s short-handed coaching staff got a bit stronger on Monday afternoon. Assistant Mo Cheeks, who is now off crutches after hip surgery last month, was out on the court working with Russell Westbrook. Starting Tuesday against the Rockets, Cheeks will be back on the sidelines, behind the bench instead of his customary spot next to Billy Donovan, until his health allows it. “He’s back for all the home games,” Donovan said. “Has not been cleared to travel yet. When that will be, I don’t know. But I’d feel pretty confident in saying once we get around April 1st, first week in April, he’ll be back able to do everything.” Assistant Royal

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant (elbow) misses practice, questionable for Rockets game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    Late in the third quarter on Saturday night in Indianapolis, Kevin Durant flew in for an acrobatic block, but was undercut and fell hard on his right elbow. He stayed down for a little while, wincing in pain during a timeout break, but remained in and closed out the game. But after an off-day Sunday, he didn’t practice on Monday. Durant was seen walking across the floor with an ice-pack on his elbow. "Did a little bit on the side," Billy Donovan said. "But in terms of the contact stuff we did, he didn't do anything." Does Donovan expect Durant to be available against the Rockets on Tuesday night? "Gonna see how he's doing tomorrow, but it's nothing too serious, nothing that's a major problem,"

  • OKC Thunder: Enes Kanter, Randy Foye leading improved bench brigade during Thunder’s recent hot streak

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Mar 20, 2016

    This season, the Thunder is 28-6 when its reserves outscore the opponent’s reserves, but only 16-15 when it doesn’t. In all four wins this past week, OKC’s bench won the points battle — 60-35 over the Blazers, 55-41 over the Celtics, 42-38 over the Sixers and 45-14 over the Pacers.

  • Thunder: OKC pulls back from brink of a fourth-quarter collapse, beats Indiana

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Thunder's lead sat at a comfortable eight with 60 seconds left. It shrunk to a shaky three when only six ticks remained. Paul George rose and fired from the left wing, threatening to tie the game and pin another late collapse on OKC. But Steven Adams rotated over and contested the shot. George bricked it long. Kevin Durant corralled the rebound and got fouled. Splash. Splash. The lead was secure, the win was sealed: 115-111 over the Pacers. That was the good news for OKC. The victory was its fourth straight, completing an undefeated week. The Thunder blasted the Blazers at home, then blew out the Celtics and Sixers on the road. To beat a desperate, playoff-hungry Pacers team in Indiana on the second

  • Thunder: With Serge Ibaka returning, Donovan has no plans to rest other starters

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

      INDIANAPOLIS — Only two Thunder players have appeared in all 70 games this season — Russell Westbrook and Enes Kanter. Serge Ibaka has appeared in 69, missing Friday's win at Philadelphia when Billy Donovan rested him. He returned in the Thunder's 115-111 win over the Pacers on Saturday night, playing 23 minutes. “Team, coaches were thinking to give me rest,” Ibaka said, claiming no particular body part was hurting. “It's just rest. Nothing really. Body's feeling good.” OKC has 12 games left until the playoffs and no realistic chance of climbing in the standings. If it can pull away from the Clippers and secure the third seed, there may be more opportunities for the Thunder to rest its players,

  • Thunder journal: Serge Ibaka rests against Sixers, expected back against Pacers

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    It took 69 games, but Billy Donovan finally employed the Gregg Popovich regular season strategy. Facing the floundering 9-win Sixers on Friday night, Donovan rested Serge Ibaka, the first time Donovan has sat one of his players strictly to give him an off-day. Veteran forward Nick Collison started in Ibaka’s place. And the timing made sense. The Thunder plays again Saturday night in Indiana, the much tougher end of this back-to-back. Plus the playoffs are now only a month away and Ibaka, who has had an inconsistent season, looked exhausted during some recent games. "In talking to the medical staff, they felt like this was a great opportunity to do that for Serge. And it was needed.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Thunder clinch playoff spot with highlight-filled blowout of Sixers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    The 9-60 Sixers played the kind of defense you’d expect on Friday night. The Thunder took proper advantage. And the Philadelphia crowd, malnourished of great basketball from its home team, oohed and aahed and enjoyed as the visitors treated them to a show.

  • Thunder clinches playoff spot with rout of 76ers

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    The Thunder’s Friday night 111-97 blowout of the Sixers didn’t have competitive drama. But it had plenty of highlights. Which is exactly what good teams are supposed to do against the 9-60 Sixers.




Anthony Slater Today at 10:04 AM On the Thunder's LaMarcus Aldridge problem: https://t.co/u9H9Vw1Fmd
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 07:00:06 PM CST Should the Thunder double team LaMarcus Aldridge? https://t.co/u9H9Vw1Fmd
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 03:44:24 PM CST Thunder stashed prospect Alex Abrines wins Euroleague Rising Star trophy. Blog with a closer look at his situation: https://t.co/hJbYAktFf0
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 02:55:27 PM CST Highlights of Thunder stashed guard Alex Abrines, who won Euroleague's "Rising Star" trophy https://t.co/TbKqgOqunE
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 02:04:57 PM CST Talking Thunder hoops with the @NewsOKSports crew right here: https://t.co/tELkfZVquc
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 01:13:33 PM CST Anthony Morrow appeared in 515 regular season games before making the playoffs. But he's here. Quick Q&A with him: https://t.co/RqaslSuYZo
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 12:41:04 PM CST Russell Westbrook emoji face: 🙄 https://t.co/WMiQ8yZX9S
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 12:39:32 PM CST Russell Westbrook said the Thunder can't be "happy" about that Game 2 win: "Happy teams get beat"
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 11:19:48 AM CST @TimBontemps it's brutal
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 05 2016 10:57:37 AM CST Chatting all things Thunder. Get your questions in here: https://t.co/jKiDwhVVcH
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 06:09:39 PM CST Pair of good post-practice interviews today with Steven Adams and Dion Waiters. The video: https://t.co/eNntKpUzdc
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 05:56:22 PM CST Dion Waiters doesn't think the Thunder needs to change up its looks on LaMarcus Aldridge: "one man can't beat you" https://t.co/PoAp77ruir
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 12:54:27 PM CST Serge Ibaka working on his post defense. Gonna keep getting Aldridge 1on1 this series https://t.co/yVHLGFrbSv
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 12:46:37 PM CST Steven Adams on the late-game chaos: "I don't know what happened. I just saw a pile of bodies on the ground."
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 12:43:23 PM CST Steven Adams on his 17 rebounds: "It was just luck. Some of those balls bouncing into my hand. Don't get caught up in it"
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 12:42:43 PM CST Steven Adams on the incident in the corner: "They got some passionate fans, man." https://t.co/zOPMBVnXYI
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 12:24:58 PM CST Dion Waiters on the Dion Waiters rule https://t.co/1ip7PjB0We
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 10:34:49 AM CST New Thunder podcast: Game 2 lookback, Game 3 lookahead with @ErikHorneOK and @BerryTramel - https://t.co/3l9hK2jV28
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 04 2016 09:59:00 AM CST A final look back at the frantic, controversial, scoreless sequence that captivated NBA fans. For today's paper: https://t.co/EESK0Gm10D
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 03 2016 09:32:55 PM CST Second round>>>>>>First round

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