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Warriors coach Steve Kerr created a bit of a stir Monday when he handed the coaching reins to his players for the day. They were in charge of running the pregame shootaround and meetings, and then took turns drawing up plays during their win over the Suns. Kerr said his players had lost focus over the past month, and that it would be a good way for them to get reengaged.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Tuesday that he has never done such a thing during a game, but he did try something similar at a recent practice. He said that a few weeks ago Gordon Hayward and Al Horford were put in charge of the session.


“We just do that to look at it from a different level, a different perspective,” Stevens said. “I think it would be harder for the younger guys to do it, but [Horford and Hayward] understand what all five guys are doing in an action, because they understand why you’re trying to do it.”

Hayward is sidelined with an ankle injury, and Horford missed practice that day, too, so it was a good way for both to have an impact on the session without actually dribbling or shooting.

“It’s definitely challenging,” Horford said. “I’m not very good at it. I think that maybe if I see some things in the game, I can call it and stuff, but it’s pretty impressive.

“I think Gordon probably did a better job than me drawing up plays off that. I think it’s fun. It’s something different. Coach is putting trust on us to have fun with it.”

Horford said the experience gave him a greater appreciation for Stevens and his skills as a tactician.

“He is a genius, man,” Horford said. “He’s pretty smart.”


New-look Clippers

On Sunday, the Celtics lost to a Cavaliers team that featured four new rotation players who had been acquired just three days earlier. On Wednesday the Celtics will face the Clippers, whose recent reconstruction was not quite as rapid, but is still notable.

Last month Los Angeles traded Blake Griffin to the Pistons in exchange for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and a first-round pick. Also, when the Celtics faced the Clippers on Jan. 24, Austin Rivers and Danilo Gallinari were out with injuries. Both players have returned.

Even though Los Angeles is still figuring out how to use its new pieces, Stevens said, the players’ skills are no secret.

“Avery Bradley is playing for the Clippers for the first time, but we all know Avery well,” he said. “We all know the great things that that he’s done. Tobias Harris is playing near an All-Star level. We know him well. At the end of the day, they’re fitting those guys into what they do best.”

Sweeter dreams

With unusual travel schedules and varying tipoff times, sleep is at a premium in the NBA. The pregame nap, for example, is a longstanding tradition. In addition to getting enough sleep, the Celtics have put an emphasis on getting quality sleep. The team has now partnered with the sleep performance company Bedgear, which is installing specialized beds and pillows that fit the players’ individual sizes and sleep styles.

Smart isn’t ready

Celtics guard Marcus Smart completed some shooting drills Tuesday but did not participate in the team’s full practice. Stevens said that Smart and guard Shane Larkin (knee) remain on track to return for the first practice after the All-Star break . . . College basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale will help call the Celtics-Clippers Wednesday on ESPN. It is part of the network’s annual “crossover” night, when NBA and NCAA broadcasters switch places. Vitale will be joined by NBA regular Mark Jackson and play-by-play man Ryan Ruocco . . . The Celtics’ 121-99 loss to the Cavaliers was the most-watched ABC regular-season Sunday game since 2013. The game was seen by an average of 4.635 million viewers, a 62 percent increase from last season’s comparable game between the Knicks and Spurs.


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.