Hopeful signs

Noah, Gibson shine in Tuesday's nail-biter

Updated: October 14, 2009, 11:29 AM ET
By Nick Friedell

Aside from the final score, is there any way to judge whether a preseason game is a success?

Yes, the Bulls beat the Bucks 87-86 in a meaningless exhibition Tuesday night, and yes, Joakim Noah (20 points, 16 rebounds) and rookie Taj Gibson (15 points, 10 rebounds) looked solid in the process. But, is there anything else Vinny Del Negro is specifically looking for in these warm-up contests?

"Effort," the Bulls head coach said after the game. "Execution. Executing the ...

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