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. Suns

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Looking for its eighth win in a row, the Thunder takes on the Phoenix Suns. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook feels for injured guard Derrick Rose

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    On Wednesday night, minutes after the Thunder’s win over Indiana, the Chicago Bulls announced Rose would miss extended time for a torn meniscus.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Where does Russell Westbrook stand in the MVP debate?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 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 Film Room: Examining the budding chemistry between Russell Westbrook and Enes Kanter

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Back on January 28th, in arguably the lowest point of this up-and-down season, the Thunder lost to Derek Fisher’s hapless 10-45 New York Knicks, a defeat turned even more insulting when Lance Thomas started tossing in daggers. It was an extremely uninspired effort. To start the game, Russell Westbrook — again playing without Kevin Durant — came […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Resurgent Serge Ibaka continues his monster run since the All-Star break

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    OKC’s four victories since the All-Star break have been by an average of 15 per game. In all four, Serge Ibaka has been fantastic.

  • Thunder notebook: Frank Vogel calls his former point guard D.J. Augustin 'great pick-up' for OKC

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    One person that knows D.J. Augustin well is Indiana coach Frank Vogel. Augustin played for him two seasons ago, serving as the backup point guard for a Pacers team that came within a game of the NBA Finals.

  • Comparing Kevin Durant's January 2014 to Russell Westbrook's February 2015

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    In recent days, the Russell Westbrook MVP campaign has ratcheted up, with his supreme level of play coinciding with the news that his superstar teammate will miss more time. Last year, in an opposite situation, a monster January sparked Kevin Durant’s MVP campaign. And it started just a week after Russell Westbrook had a knee scope on […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook opens second Reading Room

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    It’s part of Westbrook’s ongoing literary initiative aimed at encouraging children to read and providing “access to books and a safe environment to read with friends,” according to the mission statement.

  • Kobe Bryant talks Thunder, Russell Westbrook on Grantland show

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    On Sunday evening, an injured Kobe Bryant co-hosted ESPN’s Grantland Basketball Hour with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose. And on it, the trio talked a ton about Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. There were some interesting discussions, particularly when Kobe was presented with the idea that the Thunder is now Russell Westbrook’s — and not Kevin Durant’s — team. Bryant […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Refreshed Enes Kanter playing with joy, sparking the Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    He hadn’t been on the court for more than a half hour – sitting through an entire garbage time fourth quarter – but still couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. It hasn’t left him since he landed in Oklahoma City. Kanter seems to be playing, and living, with a genuine joy these past 48 hours.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams progressing in his rehab from hand injury

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    The Thunder originally placed his timetable for a return at three to six weeks. But things seem to be progressing rapidly.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    The new-look Thunder makes its home debut against the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant day-to-day with more right foot soreness

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Still experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, Durant sat out Saturday night against the Hornets. It was his 28th missed game of the season, spread out into four segments.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC's new pieces mesh well in win in Charlotte

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter also had double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Charlotte Hornets 110-103 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder introduces its new players, but no Kevin Durant against the Charlotte Hornets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Q&A: New Thunder point guard D.J. Augustin excited about joining OKC

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    D.J. Augustin has an established and well-known relationship with one Thunder player. He was a college teammate of Kevin Durant at Texas and remains a close friend. But KD isn’t the only OKC player Augustin knows well. In his first four seasons in the NBA, Augustin played for the Charlotte Bobcats. In the offseason, Charlotte native […]

  • Q&A: Enes Kanter appreciative of the Thunder's interest in Turkey

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    When the Thunder traveled overseas last preseason — for games in Istanbul and Manchester — it was a great chance for the team to mesh and the individuals to get more cultured. Nearly two years later, that brief overseas trip is still proving beneficial. When Enes Kanter arrived in OKC on Friday afternoon, he was […]

  • Q&A: New Thunder sharpshooter Steve Novak ready to take leadership role in OKC

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    As Enes Kanter battled big man coach Mark Bryant in a post-shootaround tussle in the post on Saturday morning, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant cheered their new center on from the sideline. But across the court, new Thunder sharpshooter Steve Novak was taking Bryant’s side, chiding Kanter, Durant and Westbrook in the process. “Let’s go $100 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant excited about adding D.J. Augustin

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Augustin – Kevin Durant’s former college teammate at Texas – was drafted ninth overall by Charlotte in 2008.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How would you grade the Reggie Jackson trade?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 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 […]




Anthony Slater Today at 10:23 PM A limp but not a bad one for Steven Adams postgame. "We'll just see how it goes," he said of sprained ankle.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:01 PM Russell Westbrook on the 135-131 loss: "One team decided to play more defense than the other"
Anthony Slater Today at 9:54 PM Steven Adams icing his right ankle postgame.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:39 PM @meneghettiloic Yep and hold tiebreaker
Anthony Slater Today at 9:39 PM Pelicans at Lakers tonight. Win would put them back within 1.5 of OKC and they hold tiebreaker. Race for #8 serious again.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:32 PM Tonight's Thunder-Mavs game was the first since Warriors-Suns in December 2009 where both teams had 100+ before end of the 3rd quarter.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:30 PM Dallas now up four on the Thunder and have the tiebreaker. OKC essentially cut off from anything higher than #8 seed.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:29 PM To make matters worse for the Thunder: Looked like a BAD right ankle sprain for Steven Adams on that last play.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:22 PM Mavs average 41.5 paint points per game. They have 72 right now.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:19 PM Here's that Anthony Morrow and-1 three via @imbeccable - https://t.co/qCczLJi37d
Anthony Slater Today at 9:17 PM Under the radar, Anthony Morrow for 3-yrs, $10 million this offseason was one of Sam Presti's greatest moves.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:16 PM What a night for Anthony Morrow: 28 points on 10/13 FG and 6/7 from three.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:13 PM Triple-double for Russell Westbrook: 29 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds. His 10th of the season.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:12 PM Thunder staying in this one from deep -OKC on 3s: 13-of-25 -Dallas on 3s: 4-of-15
Anthony Slater Today at 9:06 PM Craziest part of the Mavs 115 points with 7:30 still left? They're only 4-of-15 from three. Have 60 points in the paint.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:02 PM Amar'e Stoudemire and Al-Farouq Aminu have combined for 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting off the Mavs bench. Uh, not ideal for OKC.
Anthony Slater Today at 8:59 PM Russell Westbrook quietly nearing another triple-double: 23, 8 and 8 with nine minutes left. Is 8-of-25 shooting though.
Anthony Slater Today at 8:49 PM Thunder 101, Mavericks 101. Third quarter still not over.
Anthony Slater Today at 8:48 PM @KingRichardofOK He's charting the game possession by possession, watching more intently than anyone
Anthony Slater Today at 8:47 PM Has there been a game this year where both teams hit 100+ before the fourth? Mavs up 97-95 with 1:25 left in 3rd qtr.

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