Didn't catch most of the game though seems like the typical story with the lakers making it close in the 4th, but falling up short.
Even if the lakers make the playoffs, they'd be battling for an 8th seed and face the likes of OKC or san antonio in the first round. But looking on the bright side, if they did make the playoffs, they'd have to get on a pretty big roll and would be playing some good ball by that time so they might have a chance against the top seeds.
Out of the top 4 teams in record right now, I'd say the lakers would have the best chance against the clippers once the slower, half-court offense of the playoffs set in.
Looking long term, not sure about the chances of signing dwight in the offseason. He really hasn't done much this season, but would still be a big loss to lose him. The lakers are still in "win now" mode with aging Kobe still elite, but don't know what kind of moves they can make. Gasol has pretty much no trade value right now and a lot of free agents they can't afford.
Looking at the clippers, maybe the lakers can somehow get odom or butler for next year. I believe odom has a team option for next year and don't believe butler is completely happy with his playing time.