The Washington Wizards had only two games on the schedule this past week, and will enjoy a similar schedule this upcoming week before their workload kicks up in the second half of the month.

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) and guard John Wall combine to try to get the rebound from Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) and guard John Wall combine to try to get the rebound from Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

First, Washington had to get past a showdown at home against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder—a game touted as a recruitment effort for the free agent-to-be Durant. The Wizards will definitely be in the 2016 free agency hunt for Durant’s services, and while showcasing the skills of John Wall and Bradley Beal is a nice appetizer for potential newcomers, Washington is going to have to be better than their current .500 record if they expect to attract any major marquee free agents. Washington had a chance to make a statement this past week as they continue to aggressively pursue Durant. The AFRO recaps the week that was for the Washington Wizards.

Nov. 10: Wizards Blown Out by Thunder, 125-101

A home game against the Thunder on Nov. 10 was supposed to be Washington’s chance to show how greener the grass would be for Durant on the other side of the league, but the Wizards embarrassingly fumbled their opportunity away in a 125-101 blowout loss. Durant left in the first half with a hamstring injury, but with an 18-point halftime lead built by the visitors, neither Durant nor the fans at the Verizon Center missed much with both him and Beal out of their respective lineups. Beal missed the game to nurse a left shoulder injury, and Washington missed his presence as their offense sputtered all night. Washington shot just 20 percent from long range and never led during the game. In the battle of highly-talented point guards, the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook trumped Wall with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Durant added 14 points and 10 rebounds before he exited in the second quarter and Oklahoma City just steamrolled through the home team. In Beal’s absence, Marcin Gortat and Ramon Sessions tied for the team lead with 15 points apiece while Wall shot just 4-of-13 from the field on the way to just nine points and five assists.

Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) is fouled by Washington Wizards guard Garrett Temple (17) with Wizards guard John Wall (2) behind, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nov. 14: Wizards Return From Brief Break with 108-99 Win over Magic

A Saturday night showdown on Nov. 14 against the Orlando Magic followed a three-day break that gave the Wizards time to fix a few leaks in their defense. The preparation showed in a 108-99 victory at the Verizon Center, the first time since opening night that Washington held a team under 100 points. Wall recorded 15 points and 11 assists and Kris Humphries scored a team-high 23 points while adding five rebounds. Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat added 10 rebounds apiece and the Wizards overcame a six-point halftime deficit to even their overall record to 4-4.

Next: The Wizards will take to their home court again on Nov. 17 against the Milwaukee Bucks, before hitting the road for a matchup against the red-hot Pistons in Detroit on Nov. 21.

Washington hopes to have Beal back for both games, as the offense just doesn’t run with the same energy when the fourth-year guard is not in the rotation. If the Wizards expect to improve their .500 record, they’ll need Beal available going forward.