The elephant in the room as the Raptors get ready for the final three games of the regular season is the fate of the majority of the coaching staff.
Not only does the contract of head coach Jay Triano expire in mid-June (the team does have an option on him), but three of his assistants may also be without deals.
There has been no indication from president and general manager Bryan Colangelo -- whose own deal is up June 30 -- about Triano's future or that of the staff except that all things will be evaluated after the season.
And, for now, that's part of the reason Triano and his assistants P.J. Carlesimo, Alex English, Micah Nori and Eric Hughes barely spend any time worrying.
"Even when we're meeting as coaches, we'll discuss it for like 30 seconds then we'll just start talking about strategies, how we have to play, and how are we going to get these guys better," said Triano.
"How are we going to defend in this game? How are we going to run the offense in this game? Who's going to be available is a big question, too, right now. We've had enough injuries and enough guys out of the lineup that our days are full enough trying to figure out how to win a game with the guys we have."
SIXERS 98, RAPTORS 93: Despite being reduced to basically seven players through the entire second half, Toronto almost got the game to overtime before Jerryd Bayless missed a three-pointer that would have tied it with two seconds left. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points and Bayless had 25 as the Raptors played without regulars Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson and Leandro Barbosa and lost Sonny Weems to a knee injury at halftime.
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