The Washington Wizards ended their 2015-2016 season on a high note, winning three games in a row. But they also missed the playoffs by just a handful of games and then promptly dismissed their coach. The Wizards concluded a dismal season with a win over Atlanta on April 13 then officially fired head coach Randy Wittman the next morning after a 41-41 campaign. The season didn’t go as planned for Washington, whom many predicted would be one of the more competitive teams in the league. Washington struggled with issues everywhere, from chemistry to defensive strategies, and the lost season ultimately cost Wittman his job. Washington will get a chance to start fresh but unfortunately it won’t be until next season. The AFRO recaps the week that was for the Washington Wizards. 

Washington Wizards center Nene, right, from Brazil, is fouled by Charlotte Hornets forward Spencer Hawes during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Wizards center Nene, right, from Brazil, is fouled by Charlotte Hornets forward Spencer Hawes during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

April 10: Wizards Trounce Hornets 113-98

The Wizards used the crowd energy from a Sunday afternoon home game to dispatch the playoff-bound Charlotte Hornets 113-98 on April 10. With star point guard John Wall sitting out with knee soreness, the Wizards forged ahead with reserve guard Ramon Sessions in charge. Sessions was solid, recording 15 points and 11 assists, and his steadiness led to seven Wizards scoring in double-figures. While the offense was clicking, Washington’s defense was equally as effective, holding Charlotte to just 38 percent shooting from the field and crushing them in the paint with a 50-22 edge. Charlotte entered the game still jockeying for playoff position but the Wizards were able to establish a late lead before holding on for the comfortable win. 

Washington Wizards guard Ramon Sessions (7) drives the ball past Brooklyn Nets guard Donald Sloan (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, April 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

April 11: Nets Fall to Wizards in 120-111 Loss

In their last back-to-back game of the season, Washington made the most of it, downing the Brooklyn Nets 120-111 at the Barclays Center on April 11. Sessions came up huge once again in a Wall impression, pouring in 21 points to go with 12 assists. Seven players once again scored in double figures and Washington pushed their lead to as much as 20 points as they were able to hold off the Nets in the team’s final road game of the year. 

 

April 13: Wizards Go All Out in 109-98 Victory Over Hawks

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., left, takes a shot against Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) and guard Kyle Korver (26) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

With only a .500 record and happy thoughts to end their campaign, the Wizards entered their final game of the season with little to play for but still left it all out on the court in a 109-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks on April 13. It’s been a rough year for fans at the Verizon Center, but the team gave them a nice consolation prize before bowing out on the year. Sessions led the team with 22 points and handed out six assists, headlining five Wizards who scored in double figures. The team once again used a big edge in points in the paint, 50-32, to control the game and keep the playoff-ready Hawks at bay. Fans at the Verizon gave the team a standing ovation as the waning seconds ticked away on the abbreviated season. Despite the victory, the team would go on to fire its head coach the following day, officially signaling the start of the offseason. 

Next – The Wizards will begin their hunt for a new coach to start their offseason. Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks is largely rumored to be the focus of the team’s hunt, according to league sources. The potential hiring of Brooks could help fuel the team’s pursuit of soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant.