Carmelo Anthony has been around long enough to decipher that phrases such as “not enough ball movement” and “the ball is sticking” are usually code for “Melo shoots too much.”

“It comes back to me,” Anthony says.

Yes, it does seem to always be about Melo, even when the analysis by his teammates is incorrect and, in this case, unfair. Both Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert felt that the team’s lack of ball movement contributed to the Knicks’ sixth straight loss on Monday night in Portland, where they dropped to 3-10.

Stoudemire and Shumpert could have been simply venting and just using a familiar cliché when answering questions. Or they could have been addressing Anthony or even J.R. Smith, two players who are usually the focal point of the offense. But considering the Knicks gave up 34 first-quarter points to the Trail Blazers and were behind by 22 in the second quarter, this was not the day to focus on the offense.

True, the lack of ball movement is a problem some of the time. But the Knicks’ inability to defend seems to be an issue most of the time, especially with Tyson Chandler still sidelined with a broken leg.

“It’s just defense at this point,” Anthony said. “We’re not guarding nobody. The easiest thing to do, I always say this, is try to point fingers and try to figure out what’s going on . . . ball movement. At the end of the day it’s the defense. We’re not guarding anybody. We have to figure that part out.”

Anthony revealed that Mike Woodson addressed the comments about ball movement during Tuesday’s practice on the UCLA campus as the Knicks prepared for Wednesday night’s game against the Clippers.

“He mentioned something like that, something that was being said,” Anthony said. “But I pay no attention to it.

“This is my first time hearing about it. I’m always the last one to hear about these things. That’s why it really doesn’t affect me. Sometimes you hear it and it’s like, at the end of the day it comes back on me. But I’m not really worried about it.”

Anthony finished with 34 points, 15 rebounds and three assists in Monday’s 102-91 loss. He has been one of the Knicks’ few bright spots, averaging 26.5 points per game on 43% shooting, yet he remains a source of controversy. Woodson, whose isolation-heavy offense was criticized by Chandler during last spring’s playoff series loss to Indiana, became agitated when asked if comments such as those made by Stoudemire and Shumpert, either fairly or unfairly, always point to Anthony.

“I’m not going there with you on that,” Woodson said. “Melo’s having another solid season. Melo’s doing what he’s supposed to do. Everybody else has got to do what they need to do as well. Nobody’s shooting the ball extremely well. Everybody’s getting shots. We put up enough shots last night. Some guys didn’t make shots. I’m not even going to entertain that.”