With the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers flexing their muscle lately with sporty win streaks, the Washington Wizards picked the wrong time to fall into a funk.

Washington continued their stretch of bad play as a season-high five-game losing streak dropped them down the Eastern Conference standings. Injuries to John Wall and Bradley Beal have hurt while a recent stretch of ineffectiveness has sidelined backup point guard Andre Miller in the favor of combo guard Garrett Temple. Washington’s also trying to fit in second year forward Otto Porter along with swingman Martell Webster, who’s being eased into his return after a summer back surgery. Even big man DeJuan Blair, who played sparingly at the beginning of the year, is taking minutes now. The Washington roster has a lot of moving parts to it while they took on a rough gauntlet of playoff eligible teams. The AFRO recaps the week that wasn’t for the Washington Wizards.

Feb. 2: Wizards Suffer Stinging 92-88 Defeat Against Hornets

John Wall, Kent Bazemore

Washington Wizards’ John Wall, left, grabs a rebound in front of Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A Monday night home game against the sub .500 Charlotte Hornets seemed like a good place to start for the Wizards to snap a two-game losing streak. The Hornets, however, aren’t your average below .500 team, and Washington found that out in a deflating 92-88 defeat that Charlotte controlled mostly throughout. The Hornets are currently in the seventh spot for the playoffs in the East, and they had some good success last year against Washington, especially late in the year. The same problems that plagued Washington last season reared its head again as post player Al Jefferson was un-guardable yet again. Jefferson posted 18 points and 12 rebounds and helped control the pace as Washington scored just 37 points in the second half. Six players scored in double figures for Charlotte while Beal led the team with 18 points and 11 rebounds. After the game, Wall was questioned by reporters about his recent reported string of migraines easily aggravated by bright light but he declined to use that as an excuse. “When I step between those lines, I’m competing,” Wall told reporters.

Feb. 4: Hawks Soar Past Wizards in 105-96 Victory

A road trip on Wednesday to visit the surging Hawks was scheduled to be a challenge for the struggling Wizards and it was as expected. Washington teased with a solid comeback after falling behind early, but the Hawks just made more plays as they settled for a 105-96 win. Wall was impressive with 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but opposing guard Jeff Teague scored 26 points and handed out eight assists to offset Wall’s huge night. Atlanta led 59-46 at halftime but Washington roared back to take a 74-73 lead after Wall’s free throw with just over a minute left in the third quarter. However, Atlanta countered with a 17-5 run and closed the books on Washington.

Cody Zeller, Nene Hilario

Washington Wizards’ Nene Hilario, right, shoots over Charlotte Hornets’ Cody Zeller, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Feb. 5: Hornets Bring Down Washington in Fifth Consecutive Loss

The following night in Charlotte, Washington controlled the game for all three quarters and them getting back on track appeared possible. But the Hornets woke up in the final period and took the second game in three nights against Washington 94-87. The Wizards led 70-59 with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter but Charlotte wore out the visitors, continuing a dominance in the paint by outrebounding the Wizards 50-37. Beal finished with 11 minutes after leaving the game early in the first half after re-aggravating a toe injury. He never returned after halftime and the Wizards missed his scoring down the stretch. Pierce paced the Wizards with 19 points. And, while Washington’s defense held Jefferson to just eight points in their rematch, Hornets shooting guard Gerald Henderson went off for a season-high 27 points which helped push Washington’s losing streak to five games.

Feb. 7: Wizards Gain Redemption in 144-77 Spanking of the Nets

But the Wizards finally snapped the funk with a much-needed 114-77 blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 7 at Verizon Center in D.C. Wall led a balanced offensive attack from Washington with 17 points and seven assists. Veteran forward Rasaul Butler added 15 points off the bench. Forward Kris Humphries also contributed well off the pine with nine points and 12 rebounds.  Nets star guard Joe Johnson struggled shooting with just six points on 3-of-11 shots made from the field.

Next: Washington will host the Orlando Magic back at the Verizon Center on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., followed by a Feb. 12 trip to Canada to face the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m.