SALT LAKE CITY -- Relax ... breathe ... stay calm.
These days Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin sounds more like a Lamaze coach trying to coax someone through childbirth.
Block everything out ... focus ... find a happy place.
"You can't panic, there's a lot of basketball left to play," Corbin said at the Jazz practice facility Tuesday. "You just can't get frustrated about what's going on. It's a growing process."
After starting out the season on a high note with a home victory over the Dallas Mavericks, Corbin and the Jazz suffered road losses at New Orleans, San Antonio and finally in Memphis on Monday.
What felt very promising on opening night didn't seem to feel quite so positive after Monday's game, one in which the Jazz led by as many as 12 in the first quarter.
Corbin said Tuesday it's part of his job to keep his players on an even plane, reminding them it's a long 82-game regular season. He said it's obviously better to start out fast and win games early but when that doesn't happen it's important to keep a broad perspective.
"You feel better about yourself going into it but it's a long season," he said. "You can start off slow and you can get things figured out."
But by way of caution, he indicated he's not excusing his team's three-game losing streak.
"You can't fall in love with learning lessons," he said. "You've got to get the lesson and move on so you don't have to learn the same lesson over and over again."
Coincidentally, the Jazz (1-3) will play host to another group of slow starters tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Los Angles Lakers (1-3) made a big splash when they acquired All-Stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard during the offseason. Even so, they stumbled out of the gates, losing to the Mavericks, Trail Blazers and Clippers to start the season.
They're coming off a 108-79 victory over Detroit on Sunday.
"They had an 0-3 start and they won their last game, like we do, they have to figure some things out sooner rather than later," Corbin said.
Nash, 38, is dealing with a leg injury that will keep him out of action anywhere from a week to a month.
Lakers' star Kobe Bryant isn't fully healthy, either.
Despite a sore foot, Bryant is averaging 26.8 points while Howard has scored 23.3 per contest. Bryant has averaged 30.8 points in his last six games at Utah, including playoffs.
The Lakers split four meetings with the Jazz last season but Utah won the last two, including 96-87 at home Feb. 4.
Utah has won five of the past seven home matchups.
Jazz point guard Mo Williams said if the Lakers are down, they won't be there for long.
"They retool, they revamp their roster, they've got some star power over there," he said. "Obviously they're a little older, so we want to take advantage of that aspect of it. But they're a good team, they're well coached. They're going to be prepared and so are we."