Thaddeus Young Finishes Strong at the rim Over Meyers Leonard

The Brooklyn Nets are in a hotly contested battle for the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

After defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 106-96 on Monday night, the Nets own a record of 36-41 which is a full game ahead of the Boston Celtics who are in eighth place.

During the BK victory, Thaddeus Young finished at the rim with authority over Blazers’ big man Meyers Leonard.

In the fourth quarter with Brooklyn up 94-83 in the fourth quarter with 3:11 left, Young threw down the hammer on Leonard after facing him up and working him under the basket.

This is what the dunk looked like in this YouTube video:

Young finished the game with 20 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field.

He has played a major role in the Brooklyn Nets making a late push for the seventh seed in the East and Lionel Hollins acknowledged as much.

In an article on SB Nation’s Nets Daily, Hollins said that “adding Young and inserting Markel Brown in the starting lineup made the Nets more athletic ,and a better fit for Williams’ style”.  

He also added this about how the lineup change has benefitted “D-Will”:

“Deron is a good high-pace player. He likes to push the ball, he likes to probe, to explore early.  I think with the added quickness around him, he’s been able to do that and we’ve been able to be effective with that.”

The Nets might have found their stride at the right time. They are going to have to close out their last five games out about as strong as Young took it to the rack on Meyers Leonard Monday night.

BK has four of their last five games at home in the Barclays Center and have to play the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday in what could be a potential first round playoff matchup if they fall back down to the eighth spot.