Washington’s title hopes officially ended this week with two more losses that dropped their record to 38-41, locking them out of playoff contention after making back-to-back postseason appearances.

A collection of talent that includes John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat wasn’t enough to turn the team’s season around from a faulty start. It definitely didn’t help that Wall missed Washington’s last two games with knee soreness. With only three games left in the 2015-2016 campaign and playoff possibilities out the window, Washington may elect to shut Wall down for the remainder of the season. The Wizards are simply playing for pride at this point, as the AFRO recaps the week that was.

April 3: Wizards Sluggish in 114-109 Loss to L.A. Clippers

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, of Poland, puts up a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 114-109. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, of Poland, puts up a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 114-109. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Washington opened up their week on April 3 with the last game of a grueling five-game road trip, a visit to Los Angeles to square off against the Clippers. With their backs against the wall in their playoff hunt, Washington came out sluggish and uninspired and allowed the Clippers to open up a 10-point first quarter lead on their way to a 114-109 win. Wall was efficient in his last game, recording 15 points to go along with 13 assists as six Wizards scored in double figures. Gortat led the team with 21 points, but it wasn’t enough to offset a monster game from Chris Paul, who recorded 27 points and 12 assists. Los Angeles led by as many as 17 points and cruised for much of the night against a flat Washington team.

April 6: Sessions Leads the Way in 121-103 Win over Brooklyn

The Wizards returned to action with a home game on April 6 against the Brooklyn Nets, and used an 18-point, 13-assist night from reserve point guard Ramon Sessions to guide the way for a 121-103 win. Six Wizards scored in double-figures, including a game-high 25 points from Beal, as Washington opened up their largest lead of 28 points late in the fourth quarter. The Wizards scored 30-plus points in three quarters and outmuscled Brooklyn in the paint, where they outscored Brooklyn, 68-46. It was a dominant performance that was badly needed—the win kept Washington’s playoff chances alive.

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) sets a screen for guard Bradley Beal (3) as Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) chases during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 8, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) sets a screen for guard Bradley Beal (3) as Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) chases during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 8, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

April 8: Wizards’ Hopes Extinguished in 112-99 Defeat to Pistons

Those same playoff chances ended in heartbreaking fashion on April 8 in Detroit. The Wizards eliminated an early 19-point deficit to take a brief lead, before ultimately succumbing in a 112-99 defeat. Washington was chasing Detroit for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and needed the Pistons to lose their remaining games to stay eligible. The loss ended Washington’s chances at qualifying for the postseason and guaranteed Detroit a spot in the playoffs.
NEXT: Washington returns to action on April 10 against the Charlotte Bobcats.