When the Clippers had an NBA-best 14-2 record, the talk of them being true championship contenders seemed appropriate.
But it was a mirage.
Now the Clippers must set their sights on how they will put the right pieces together to make a real championship run after Sunday’s Game 7 loss to the Utah Jazz eliminated them from the playoffs, their second consecutive first-round exit.
Chris Paul, one of their leaders, was asked after the loss at Staples Center what the Clippers must do to get over the hump.
“Luckily,” he said, “that’s not my job, know what I mean? That’s not my job. My job is to come in, try to make sure I’m in the best shape possible, try to lead our...