MILWAUKEE — Dwane Casey said the “bullseye” was squarely on the backs of the Pistons. Ish Smith said the Pistons were no longer a "secret." Blake Griffin wondered if that’s the case, why the problematic approaches in facing two of the best teams in the NBA? The Pistons lost their second straight game Wednesday night — a 115-92 thumping at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks . Two nights after a 27-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Pistons shot 37 percent from the field and 24 percent from the 3-point line in Milwaukee — the second straight poor shooting performance. There’s no shame in losing to the Thunder and the Bucks, two of the top-4 teams in the NBA currently . Despite early-season success, the Pistons (13-9) aren’t under any illusions they are among the league’s best. But the manner of the losses? That’s problematic. “Oklahoma City and Milwaukee both are at the top of their conferences, so we should be giving teams our best shot as well,” Griffin said. “I don’t know if that’s how we feel, but we definitely haven’t earned that feeling of we’re getting teams’ best shots. “If you look at the record you can see that, but I don’t think we’ve earned that yet. We’ve had a favorable schedule and won some games we weren’t supposed to win on paper, but that can’t be our attitude.” Griffin scored 22 of his game-high 31 points in the first half, but for the second straight game, the dam burst in the third quarter. The Pistons trailed by 11 at halftime, but were blitzed in going down by 26. They were 3-for-13 from the 3-point line in the third quarter, with Stanley Johnson going 1-for-5. The Pistons shot 9-for-38 from 3-point range for the game. Casey, the first-year Pistons coach, is still preaching patience with the team’s inadequate shooting this season. But the lack of force and aggression the past two games — which came after a five-game winning streak — can’t happen. “We have to pick it back up,” Casey said. “We have to have the same sense of urgency that we had against Houston and against Golden State (two Pistons wins). We have the bullseye on us. Our fight level has to go up.” The road doesn’t get easier. The Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid come to town Friday. The New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis are next Sunday. A rematch at Philadelphia comes Monday. “We’re no secret anymore,” Smith said. “Teams are going to play us, give us their best so now it’s another level. “The first quarter of the season is over with, now we have to take it to a different level for the second quarter of the season.” Smith left the game in the first half with a right groin injury and didn’t return. Smith said he felt something pop while defending Eric Bledsoe. He also said it had been bothering him a while. “I don’t know,” he said. “I will get an MRI tomorrow and see what the deal is, but I don’t think it’s anything serious.” Jose Calderon manned backup point guard duties, but was scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting in 13 minutes. Pistons second-year shooting guard Luke Kennard hasn’t established himself in the playing rotation. There have been injuries. A knee injury wiped out summer workouts. A right shoulder sprain forced him to miss 16 games. He’s available, but on a team that sorely needs shooting, he’s having trouble getting minutes. After playing seven minutes in the first half Wednesday, he didn’t play in the second half of the blowout. Casey said Kennard appeared to be trying to avoid contact in the loss to the Thunder. “We didn’t want to get him injured again,” Casey said. “I definitely wanted to see Khyri (Thomas) more than anything else.” Follow Vince Ellis on Twitter @vincent_ellis56.