+ twilight is popular fiction even if sometimes for wrong reasons.
the activity could still be really lacking if certain players don't play. shep is apparently taking a break, you wouldn't be playing, and some other active players might not play either which could totally ruin a game's activity for the mod.
"Kobe first injured this shoulder in the preseason, according to sources. Has been playing w/ it all year. It just got worse last night"
After suffering the injury, he simply started shooting with his left hand rather than leaving the game.