Game 3 observations: Can David Lee save the Warriors?

When David Lee checked into Tuesday's Game 3 of the NBA Finals before the start of the fourth quarter, his Golden State Warriors trailed the Cleveland Cavaliers by 17 points. A comeback at that point would have been the biggest in the final period of an NBA Finals game in the Basketball-Reference.com database, which dates back to 1955.

So it's no surprise that Lee's arrival on the Finals stage -- he hadn't played all series until a brief cameo in the first half -- wasn't enough to bring Golden State back.

That the Warriors came as close as they did, getting within one point with 2:45 to play before a Cleveland surge restored the lead large enough to survive Stephen Curry's late 3-point barrage, suggests that Lee could be an unlikely difference-maker in the remainder of the series.