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. Cavaliers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Sunday special. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hawks

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    It's a clash between two of the hottest teams in the league. Can the Thunder snap the Atlanta Hawks' 14-game winning streak? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 105-103 OT win over the Wizards

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s thrilling 105-103 overtime win in Washington: 1. Late-game execution – With 2.1 seconds on the clock, the Thunder had the ball and a chance to win. And as Scott Brooks drew up his play in the huddle, the Twitterverse was already calling the Thunder’s next move — a contested, long-range […]

  • NBA legend Isiah Thomas with some high praise for Russell Westbrook: "He's the Mike Tyson of point guards"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Despite a rocky stint in the New York Knicks front office, NBA legend Isiah Thomas still holds plenty of weight when talking about hoops. And Thomas’ opinion is particularly respected when it comes to the point guard position. He’s one of the best to ever play it, winning two titles as the captain and team leader of the […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 94-86 victory in Miami

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 94-86 win over the Heat on Tuesday night: 1. Defense first – The win last Friday was all about offense, a 127-115 shootout where, as Berry Tramel put it, the Thunder out-Warriored the Warriors. The win on Sunday was about everything and nothing all at once, a 28-point beatdown of […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Heat

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder goes for its third win in a row. The Miami Heat stand in its way. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: What is the best dunk of Russell Westbrook's career?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Lost in the hoopla that was Russell Westbrook InterviewGate the past few days was what should have been an appreciation for quite possibly the best dunk of Westbrook’s career. It’s an impressive and growing list, but the fastbreak double-clutch reverse he pulled out against the Magic on Sunday makes a strong case for #1. It seemed like he […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Berry Tramel talks about Russell Westbrook's contentious interview

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 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 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 […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Anthony Slater on Russell Westbrook and the media, Thunder trades and all the Serge Ibaka 3s

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat on Monday, from the Thunder's involvement in the trade market to Russell Westbrook and the media. Here's the recap.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 127-99 blowout of Orlando

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s highlight-filled 127-99 blowout of the Magic: 1. First half showcase – In the Thunder’s first three January road games — bad losses to the Warriors, Kings and Rockets — slow starts were a massive issue. OKC was outscored 102-59 combined in those three first quarters, with each early deficit eventually proving […]

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook submits his case for dunk of the year

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Thunder’s blowout of Orlando on Sunday night was chalked full of highlight plays. But one certainly flew above the rest. Literally. In the middle of the third quarter, Russell Westbrook soared for a fastbreak reverse slam with a loud splash of style. My personal opinion — It was the best dunk of his career. Check out […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Magic

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against the Orlando Magic in the first game of a five-game road trip. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Russell Westbrook continues his Marshawn Lynch-like interview tactics

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Russell Westbrook has never been great with the media. He doesn’t delve into detail with his answers. He’s not particularly forthcoming. He occasionally pops off, most notably with a meme-worthy “What???” in Utah a couple seasons ago. But he typically gave proper answers to questions. Not anymore. Westbrook has apparently grown tired of the media and adopted […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook outplays Steph Curry, shines in Thunder win

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Following a convincing loss to the Thunder – in which his Warriors gave up a season-high in points – Golden State coach Steve Kerr was asked which of OKC’s stars was the most impressive. Was it Serge Ibaka, the talented big man who caught a rhythm and finally was given the ball in fourth quarter, leading to 14 of his career-high tying 27 points coming in the final nine minutes? Or was it Kevin Durant, the reigning MVP who looked every bit the part, calmly dropping in a game-high 36 points on an unbelievable 14-of-18 shooting? Or could it have been Russell Westbrook, the polarizing point guard who compiled the first NBA game of at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists since Rajon Rondo in March

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins at the center of Brook Lopez-to-Thunder trade rumors

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Brook Lopez rumors swept through Oklahoma City on Friday morning, to the point that it seemed likely the Nets center would be joining the Thunder by the time you could hit refresh on your Twitter feed. But it never happened. Reports eventually surfaced that the Nets backed off the deal, preferring to stand pat – for now – on any Lopez trade talks. But in the crossfire of the trade rumors were Kendrick Perkins and Jeremy Lamb, reported to be the main pieces heading to Brooklyn if the trade was completed. “They’re human beings, so it’s tough hearing your name in trade talks,” Kevin Durant said. “But we also know it’s a business. You know what you’re getting into. We got a lot of veteran guys that can

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces the Golden State Warriors in the second game of a back-to-back. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 112-101 loss in Houston

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 112-101 loss in Houston on Thursday night: 1. Nightmare first quarter: Coming off a five-day break, there was a sense — or at least an internal hope — that the Thunder would come back refreshed and in rhythm. For about three possessions, it looked that way. OKC was up […]

  • Report: Thunder in trade discussions to possibly land Brook Lopez

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    As the Thunder stumbled in Houston on Thursday night, continued trade rumors swirled around the struggling team. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that OKC is in discussions to potentially land Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in a 3-team deal that would send Charlotte guard Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn and Jarrett Jack and Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte. But […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder renews one of the NBA's best rivalries against the Houston Rockets tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Taking a look at each NBA team's record since Thanksgiving

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Thabo Sefolosha’s Atlanta Hawks beat the Celtics last night. In itself, not a remarkable feat. But for the still underrated Hawks, it was their 10th straight win and 24th in the past 26th games. That’s right: The ATLiens are the hottest team in basketball, currently 31-8 and at the top of the Eastern Conference by […]




Anthony Slater Today at 12:40 AM Physically draining OT loss for the Thunder in Phoenix tonight made only worse by fact they tip in Portland in about 20 hours.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:38 AM Good news: just a left ankle tweak for Russell Westbrook https://t.co/HLgwcsQKXU
Anthony Slater Today at 12:32 AM Dion Waiters with his Shaqtin' A Fool moment https://t.co/Z3PTane6Ti
Anthony Slater Today at 12:28 AM What a game from Eric Bledsoe: 26 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 blocks, 10/13 FG.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:23 AM @j8rod13 Yes. He most certainly leads in that category, too.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:23 AM Second straight Thunder-Suns game to go to OT.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:22 AM Serge Ibaka sends it to OT https://t.co/PMepfIbRKE
Anthony Slater Today at 12:20 AM Russell Westbrook has more points (34), rebounds (13) and assists (11) than anyone in this game. Tied for the most steals (2).
Anthony Slater Today at 12:15 AM Impressive bucket then assist from Russell Westbrook ties it late https://t.co/w6eSefe7Bk
Anthony Slater Today at 12:07 AM Triple-double for Russell Westbrook for the second straight game. His fourth of the season, which leads the NBA.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:00 AM Russell Westbrook with 10+ assists in five straight games. Ties a career-long streak. Did it in January 2011.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 11:52:35 PM CST Kanter is great offensively, but has always struggled as a defender. Example: https://t.co/x1Daug2j4Q
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 11:46:04 PM CST Suns have outscored the Thunder 14-4 since Russell Westbrook went to the bench. Phoenix up nine. Westbrook set to return.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 11:26:09 PM CST Getting good in Phoenix. Both teams heating up.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 11:23:52 PM CST Body control https://t.co/ULXqOewt8j
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 11:15:34 PM CST Ends Kanter with the spin and bucket https://t.co/qRbn93PDZg
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 11:11:37 PM CST Thunder lead on a pretty Ibaka post-up, Hornacek displeased https://t.co/Y8x1vcwfYO
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 10:52:23 PM CST Reason OKC is in it -Enes Kanter: 12 pts, 3 rebs -Dion Waiters: 9 pts, 4/4 FG -D.J. Augustin: 10 pts, 3 asts, 4/5 FG
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 10:51:22 PM CST Thunder only down 53-48 at half despite Westbrook/Ibaka shooting a combined 4/20 in the first half.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 26 2015 10:48:35 PM CST @cware10 Yeah, here are six games that he's shot below 20 percent LINK

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