3 takeaways from Warriors’ California Classic win over Lakers

SAN FRANCISCO — There were gloriously flubbed layups, an absence of one highly anticipated rookie in particular, and another Warriors blowout.

Anthony Vereen remains undefeated in his lifetime as a head coach.

Much to the chagrin of the rather full Chase Center stands, the Lakers held Bronny James out as a precautionary measure due to swelling in his knee. At various points during the game, scattered “We want Bronny” chants broke out from the crowd.

Warriors second-round pick Quinten Post also missed his second straight game as he continues to ramp up from a minor leg injury.

Daeqwon Plowden, Ethan Thompson and Marques Bolden stood out for a second straight game for the Warriors, leading them to a 92-68 victory.

Here are three observations from the action.

Plenty of minutes to go around

With Trayce Jackson-Davis and Brandin Podziemski training with the US Select Team, the Warriors have had fewer NBA-caliber players rostered through the first couple games than most teams.

The bench got even thinner Sunday against the young Lakers.

Post missed his second straight game as he awaits clearance from the performance team. Pat Spencer, who had a terrific California Classic opener, was also in street clothes on Sunday. Neither did Yuri Collins, who also missed the first game.

The absences gave more opportunities for guys like Marques Bolden, Daeqwon Plowden, Mantas Rubstavicius and Kevin Knox II. That’s not such a bad thing.

First look at Knox

Kevin Knox II, the ninth overall pick in the 2018 Draft, made his Warriors Summer League debut. He was on Golden State’s initial roster, but a calf injury caused some confusion about his availability. On Sunday, he was apparently ready to roll.

Players of Knox’s pedigree and experience shouldn’t have much trouble with Summer League competition. But the 24-year-old certainly didn’t dominate.

Knox flubbed a pair of layups and went 0-for-4 at the free throw line overall. The former Knick, Hawk, Piston and Blazer snagged a couple steals and sank a 3 in the second half.

Knox logged seven points, five assists and four rebounds in 19 minutes, going 3-for-10 from the field.

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