LOS ANGELES — There was no calamitous final scene or epic fourth-quarter meltdowns, no freak occurrence or debilitating in-game injury. The Los Angeles Clippers watched the clock tick down in their 104-91 Game 7 loss to the Utah Jazz — and consequently, their season. They exchanged the usual post-series pleasantries and hugs with their conquerors, then walked through the northeast tunnel at Staples Center, heads down.

The Clippers dropped their final game of the 2016-17 season not because they couldn’t surmount mental hurdles, but because they were outmatched tactically.