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Indiana Pacers News and Notes: Paul George is silencing the doubters, Pacers battle Orlando tonight

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Paul George is playing some of his best basketball ever.

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Paul George is playing some of the best ball of his career, and the stats show it.

Indy's superstar has comprised two straight performances of 30-plus points, along with three straight double-doubles.

Slowly, but surely, George is silencing the doubters. In a preseason poll, he was picked by no NBA general managers to be the league's best player nor the league's best perimeter defender.

Outside of an October performance versus Utah, George has pulled down at least eight boards in all of the Pacers games to average over nine boards per contest.

Before the season started, there was plenty of reasons to doubt him. His two leg injuries sat at the top of that list, but also fans and experts alike hadn't seen him take on big minutes in a NBA game in nearly a year and a half.

Despite all this, he's shaken off the rust of sitting out remarkably quickly, as signs of a full and quick return were evident throughout the preseason.

The 0-3 start may have been shaky for Indiana as a whole, but George jumped off the just the start he needed to propel him to the outstanding performances he's achieved in Indiana's last two games versus Miami and Cleveland.

If the current pace holds, George is set for nearly 50 double-doubles in 2015-16. The most he ever achieved in one season was 23 in 2012-13. In the small sample size, he is also scoring over 23 points per game, a full basket better than his best season long performance in 11-12.

He may of complained in the early going about small ball's effectiveness in Indiana's offense, but it's becoming obvious that George is adjusting well, and enjoying his time on the floor.

PG is officially back; he's dominant, and arguably playing some of his best ball ever as a NBA player, and that's the best result we could have hoped for.

The media as a whole is also claiming that the George of old is back, as the Indy Star, Bleacher Report and CBS Sports all said so following George's play versus the Miami Heat on Friday.

Bottom line, one of the biggest keys to Indiana's success this season is better than ever, and that makes all of Pacer nation happy.

Look for the more of the same out of Indiana's superstar as the Pacers do battle with the Magic later on tonight at the Fieldhouse.

Pacers battle Orlando Magic tonight

The Orlando Magic come to town tonight as the Indiana Pacers look to make up for last night's loss to Cleveland Cavaliers and even out their record at 4-4.

The Orlando Magic will also be aiming for the same goal tonight, as Orlando sits at 3-4 on the season after beating the 76ers 105-97 on Saturday night in Philly.

Elfrid Payton was Orlando's leading scorer in the win, with 20 points, and seven Magic players reached double figures. Overall, the Magic have been led in scoring by Victor Oladipo and Evan Fournier, who are averaging 16 and 18 points per game each.

Orlando's bench is also a scene of improvement for a club that finished near the bottom of the conference a season ago. Aaron Gordon and C.J. Watson lead their second unit.

Indiana is coming off a 101-97 loss at the hands of Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night, but the Pacers showed fight and resiliency to hang with one of the East's best teams.

C.J. Miles and Rodney Stuckey are both questionable for Indiana, while Nikola Vučević and Jason Smith are out for Orlando.

Tonight's game is available on Fox Sports Indiana, and starts at 7 p.m. EST.