The Boston Celtics' current homestand was going well before a seemingly inferior opponent ended their season-best winning streak.
Getting back on track requires overcoming a tough challenge from one of the league's best road squads.
Boston looks to end the Chicago Bulls' four-game road winning streak when it concludes a stretch of five straight at home Friday night.
The Celtics (20-18) were outplayed by New Orleans in Wednesday's 90-78 loss that ended a six-game win streak. They shot a dismal 6 of 16 (37.5 percent) from the free throw line - their worst percentage since going 5 of 14 (35.7) in a loss to Houston on Nov. 11, 1994 - and finished 4 of 18 from 3-point range.
Boston is shooting 30.0 percent from beyond the arc in its last six.
"We refused to go in the paint," coach Doc Rivers said. "We had an electric fence around the paint. We settled for jump shots."
Boston will look to regroup after only its third home loss in its last 12 tries.
"We've just got to get back to th...