For those of you who are ready to see the Oklahoma City Thunder roll in the NBA Finals this week, then be sure your mobile gadgets have the latest applications to help you dig deeper into the series.
Start with the NBA Game Time Courtside application, which is free for the iPad. For your iPhone, Android and Windows devices, there is a related free app, NBA Game Time 2011-2012.
The Game Time apps will give you the statistics, highlights, news, schedules and more for your selected NBA teams. Premium versions include the games' radio broadcasts and video highlights.
The Courtside app for the iPad offers this information optimized for the larger screen and geared toward the playoffs. Videos offer highlights and analysis. A calendar shows that day's game information. News headlines from NBA stories and Twitter accounts scroll across the bottom of the page.
Up high on the app screen, there's a graphic menu with icons to select for the NBA playoff bracket, conference statistics, etc. Get detailed statistics about each game in the playoffs, such as which players started, where they were when they scored and from where on the court shots were made or missed.
There's enough information to satisfy the true sports fan and those who just want the highlights, whether they want to learn more about the Thunder or the Miami Heat, the final teams en route to the championship.
With a paid subscription through the NBA or your cable company, you can even watch the games on your devices.
In light of the big game today, others that might be fun to check out include:
NBA FanCam 2012 (free from iTunes, Cellfish Media): Using this app, I manipulated a photo of my kids to dress them in Thunder jerseys, hats and a logo, inserted Rumble the Bison next to them and added a basketball. Post the doctored photo to Facebook or add more Thunder accessories and frames. This is a fun, free app that lets you pick items from all NBA teams; extra features are available for purchase (such as adding Kevin Durant to your photo).
NBA 2K12 for iPad (free and $9.99 versions from 2K Sports): Play a simulated game of basketball with this app. The free version only features last year's NBA Finals game between Dallas and Miami; the paid version offers more choices.
Email app ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more apps, go online to blog.NewsOK.com/get-appy.