The Washington Wizards dropped two of three games played last week (Nov. 1-7) but the team did manage to take out the San Antonio Spurs along the way. Washington (3-3 record) followed a home battle against the Spurs on Nov. 4 with back-to-back road games Nov. 6-7 that saw them lose by a combined 35 points between Friday and Saturday night. The Wizards currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference standings but the season is still young. However, the coaching staff will surely have some improvements to make as the week closes. The Oklahoma City Thunder are next on the schedule for the Wizards as the AFRO recaps the week that was for the Washington Wizards.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes up for a dunk in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 102-99.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes up for a dunk in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 102-99. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nov. 4: Wizards Clinch Close Win over Spurs, 102-99

Washington opened Wednesday night’s contest against the Spurs with a 19-2 run before settling for a thrilling 102-99 victory at the Verizon Center. Tony Parker tied the game at 99-99 with a desperate three-pointer before Bradley Beal (25 points) ended the game with a deciding three. Beal was fantastic in the game, shooting 3-of-8 from long range before hitting the buzzer beater. John Wall added 17 points, 13 assists and four steals, while third year forward Otto Porter chipped in with 19 points. Five players scored in double-figures for the Spurs but the Wizards offense was on full tilt in the final period as the team outscored them 36-26.

Nov. 6: Wizards Trounced by Celtics, 118-98

A Friday night road game against the Boston Celtics had the look of a daunting task but it was even more than what the Wizards could bargain for. Boston jumped on Washington from the start, racing to a 40-25 lead after the first quarter and they never looked back on their way to a 118-98 victory. The Wizards defense allowed a season-high in points and put on another poor display of effort as has become routine for the club so far this year. Beal scored a team-high 24 points while Wall struggled from the field (6-of-17, 0-for-3 from deep) but still handed out eight assists while hauling in five rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Nov. 7: Hawks Soar to Victory over Wizards, 114-99

Washington took to the road the following night to square off with the hot Atlanta Hawks (6-1 record) and the home team proved to be the better squad that night in a 114-99 defeat for the Wizards. For the fourth time in six games

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) drives to the basket as Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 114-99. (AP Photo/Jon Barash)

Washington gave up 114-plus points and their offense once again failed to keep up. The Wizards led 78-75 going into the fourth quarter, but Atlanta outscored them 39-21 in the final period. Washington was ahead by two points with just over six minutes left before Atlanta seized control of the game after a barrage of missed shots from the road team. Porter scored a team-high 23 points and connected on 3-of-5 from long range while Wall chipped in with 19 points and 12 assists.

Washington head coach Randy Wittman has expressed that he wants a faster pace this season but it appears to be coming at the expense of the team’s defense. Reserving Nêne for bench duty has given the young backcourt more space in half court but removing the 6-foot-11-inch center crippled the team’s interior defense. The Wizards may have to consider the idea of reinserting Nêne into the lineup to stop the abuse that the defense is taking.

Next – Washington will host Seat Pleasant, Md. native Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder on Nov. 10 at Verizon Center, followed by another home game against the Orlando Magic on Nov. 14.