The Washington Wizards have not played to the level of promise that was created over the summer from a pricey offseason, and they continued their slow start with another frustrating week. Despite a short week against a trio of teams below .500, it was a challenging stretch for an injury-riddled Wizards. Bradley Beal returned to action in the latter half of the week to help with the team’s offensive struggles, but missing center Ian Mahinmi, the team’s biggest summer acquisition, continues to collapse the defense. Washington has allowed five straight opponents to score 100-plus points and currently sit in the NBA’s bottom five in field goal percentage and three-point percentage allowed. The AFRO recaps the week that wasn’t for the Washington Wizards.

Nov. 16: Wizards Fall to Lowly 76ers, 109-102

Washington opened the week on the road against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 16 and were nearly embarrassed in the process of a 109-102 loss. The 76ers built a 24-point lead before Washington stormed back on the effortsof John Wall, who scored 23 of his 27 

Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr., center, goes up for a shot between Philadelphia 76ers' Dario Saric, right, and Robert Covington during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Washington Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr., center, goes up for a shot between Philadelphia 76ers’ Dario Saric, right, and Robert Covington during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

points in the second half. Markieff Morris scored 19 points and Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter each had double-doubles but couldn’t find an answer defensively as Philadelphia shot close to 55 percent from the field. Wall’s free throw cut Philadelphia’s lead to 103-100 with 1:29 left in regulation, but the 76ers connected a three-pointer on the ensuing possession and put the game away.

Nov. 17: Wizards Dominate Knicks in 119-112 Victory

The Wizards returned to the Verizon Center the next night to square off with the New York Knicks, and Beal’s return sparked a 119-112 win over the visiting Knicks. Wall paced the

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots a reverse layup past New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. The Wizards won 119-112. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

team with 23 points and 11 assists, while Beal (18 points) and Porter (21 points) aided Wall’s efforts as Washington grew a 10-point halftime lead into a 22-point lead after three quarters. Five Wizards scored in double-figures on a night where the home team couldn’t miss. Washington shot 54 percent from the field and a sizzling 60 percent from long range as they blitzed New York with a 35-23 third quarter.

Nov. 19: Wizards Wilt in 114-111 Loss to Miami

Washington entered their matchup with division rival Miami with identical 3-8 records on Nov. 19 but had no answer for the Heat’s offense in a 114-111 loss. A frustrating loss for fans and the team as Miami did whatever they wanted on offense, shooting 50 percent from

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal falls as he shoots in front of Miami Heat forward James Johnson, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Washington. The Heat won 114-111. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

the field and 48 percent from deep. Despite scoring 34 points apiece, Wall and Beal weren’t enough to stop six Heat players from scoring in double-figures. There were several sequences where the Wizards would score and then immediately allow a basket on the opposite end as Miami kept the pace revved up all night.

Offensively, the Wizards were solid throughout the week but it was their defense that let them down. Washington (3-9) continues to work out lineups and rotations but they’ll receive some help next week if Mahinmi returns as expected from knee surgery. Washington will return to action to host Phoenix on Nov. 21.

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO