David Lee did not play in the first two games of the NBA Finals.
In Game 3 on Tuesday night, he registered 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 13 minutes of action.
He went 4-for-4 from the field.
"David was terrific," Steve Kerr said following the Warriors' 96-91 loss. "David helped us big time get back into that game ... You'll see more of David Lee. He played really well."
Lee played just three minutes in the first half, but was on the floor to start the fourth quarter with the Warriors trailing 72-55.
He made his presence felt and was a major reason Golden State cut the deficit to one with less than three minutes remaining.
"David was special," Klay Thompson said. "He was ready to play. He made the most of his opportunity. When Steph got trapped at the top of the key, David would roll right to the elbows and be aggressive with the ball. And that's what we need.
"When he does that we're playing 4-on-3 and he makes the right play 99 percent of the time. Hopefully he gives us the same lift on Thursday."
It's been a rough year for the two-time All-Star.
He was slated to be the Warriors' starting power forward, but a strained hamstring in the team's preseason finale derailed his season.
Draymond Green was inserted into the starting lineup and never relinquished the spot.
But with the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year struggling, and with the Warriors' offense seemingly stuck in neutral, Kerr summoned Lee.
"Biggest thing I tried to do in that fourth quarter was just get him (Curry) open looks by setting good screens and rolling to the basket," Lee told reporters after the game. "Make the defense make a decision. They trapped him some and he was able to throw out and we were able to make some plays when we had a 4 on 3 on the backside. As well as they tried to switch it some, and then we can go inside on the mismatch."
Lee's diminished role this season has been well documented, and the 32-year old has spoke openly about dealing with the demotion.
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But he has remained positive and won't get in the way of the Warriors' ultimate prize.
"My job as a pro is to be ready," Lee explained. "I have confidence in myself, my teammates have confidence in me. My job is to be ready when my number is called ... my biggest concern was to go out there and play as hard as I can, bring some toughness and just really be as active as possible and aggressive.
"I felt like that's what we really needed when I got in the game. And I just tried to do that to the best of my ability and some things fell my way."