The Lakers are now 2 losses behind Utah (Utah owns the tiebreaker), potentially 3 losses behind Houston (they currently lead the series 2-1 with one game to go) and are 3 losses behind Golden State. With only 13 games to go, the Lakers have to hope that all the teams ahead of them lose at least 2 or more times than they do from here on out.
Basically this loss really puts making the playoffs into jeopardy. Although the Lakers are currently ahead of Utah in the standings, that's only because they've played 3 more games than the Jazz, and just one more win puts Utah back in the 8th spot.
Let's hope Utah loses tonight to New York, which will greatly ease the sting of this loss.
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat