Balls: Better Curry on the way? Now that’s scary 

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  • At only 27 years old, Stephen Curry has plenty of room to grow into an even more dominant player.
If the NBA world thinks it has seen the absolute best of Stephen Curry the last few months, then it may be in for a surprise.

There may very well be another level to Curry’s game that we haven’t seen yet. Hey, he’s only 27 years old, remember.

“He’s getting better,” teammate Andre Iguodala warned the rest of the league.

Better? Balls wouldn’t be surprised if Curry approached a Michael Jordanesque level in the near future. His offensive win shares jumped from 8.4 to 9.3 to 11.5 in the last three seasons. Jordan maxed out at 15.2 early in his career.

Curry has figured it out. He has an uncanny feel for what he can and can’t do at a given time. He’s more patient. He doesn’t waste movements. So much does the guy ooze confidence, he believes he can make any shot inside halfcourt. When that happens, a player has reached elite status.

We might have seen a glimpse of the future in Game 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. In the past, Curry struggled in playoff openers, but not this one. It’s not that he scored 34 points that was so impressive but the manner in which he did it. He attempted 25 shots, and almost all of them came within the structure of the offense. The few forced ones were late in the shot clock.

And what did Curry do when the Pelicans put up barricades at the 3-point line? Beat them off the dribble, of course.

“He’s doing some amazing things,” Iguodala said. “He’s doing a great job of making the game easier for himself and not having to exert as much energy, and that’s what I like to see. That’s what I’m impressed with — he’s showing maturity and the game is flowing for him. Nothing is forced. That’s what I like.”

WHINE LIKE MIKE: If Curry has a weakness in his game, then it’s that he plays too nice. The Pelicans knocked him around a few times in the opener, and he barely said a peep about it. If he wants to get superstar treatment, he has to whine like a superstar.

“I’ve got a couple scabs,” Curry said after practice Sunday. “I’ve got a lot of real estate left for the rest of the series, so hopefully, I’ll get some calls.”

Next offseason, Curry should work on a killer stare, or else he’ll never get his share of favorable whistles. Jordan could look at some referees and make them wet their pants.

ROYAL RUMBLE AHEAD? Circle June 26-28 on your baseball calendars. They could be doozies after what took place between the A’s and the Royals in Kansas City this weekend.

The drama started in the series opener, when the A’s Brett Lawrie took out Alcides Escobar on an ugly slide into second base in an attempt to break up a double play. Escobar sat out the next two games and could miss more. Understandably, the Royals were hacked off, so they plunked Lawrie the next day.

“It should have been done,” Lawrie said. “It should have been over.”

But the Royals weren’t satisfied, apparently. In the series finale, A’s starter Scott Kazmir hit Lorenzo Cain on an ankle in the first inning. Repeat — an ankle. That should have been no biggie, except that the pitch gave the Royals an excuse to retaliate again.

In the eighth inning, Kelvin Herrera buzzed Lawrie’s tower with a one-run lead. Only losers do that sort of thing with the game on the line. After Herrera was tossed out of the game, the lunatic pointed to his head on his way to the dugout.

“That’s what got me hot,” Lawrie said. “That’s what got me mad. You don’t throw behind someone and then walk away when you throw 100 miles per hours and say, ‘The next time I face you, I’m going to hit you in the head.’ That’s [bleep].”

Precisely. Now it’s the A’s turn to make a statement against one of the Royals’ best players. Because that’s how baseball works in the American League, where pitchers don’t have to face the chin music.

LOOK WHO’S NEXT: Balls won’t call Bruce Bochy desperate or anything, but the Giants’ skipper did start catcher Buster Posey at first base on what should have been a day off, first baseman Brandon Belt in left field for the first time in three years and benchwarmer Andrew Susac behind the plate Sunday.

At any rate, the Champs might want to turn it around soon. You know, like in the next two days. Because the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers will come to China Basin with a six-game lead, and you never know how far a $230 million payroll can take them.

YO, NO, ADRIAN: The Raiders have some interest in Adrian Peterson, we’re told, but Balls can’t think of one good reason for it.

Peterson is 30 years old, only played one game last season due to legal issues. If Pride and Poise was on the brink of a championship, then he might worth a dice roll, but it’s years (decades?) away from that level. Better to let the Dallas Cowboys overpay for him and draft a running back instead, don’t ya think?

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