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INDIANAPOLIS - Josh Cribbs enjoys sharing NFL stories with his younger Colts teammates.This week, the 31-year-old return specialist almost feels like one of them.For the first time in his 10-year career, Cribbs has spent Week 18 attending meetings, watching film and preparing for the playoffs rather than cleaning out a locker and heading home for the off-season. Its an experience that has rendered the usually vivacious veteran virtually speechless.When we get in there, I have to hold back my excitement because Im supposed to have been there and done that, Cribbs said. But Ive not done that. So inside, Im kind of like a kid on Christmas morning, Im so excited.Of the 53 players on Indys roster, 17 are expected to make their playoff debuts in Sundays wild-card game against Cincinnati.Sure, 13 players have only been in the league since 2013 and a couple of others, such as backup offensive lineman Joe Reitz, have missed out on the post-season fun because of injuries, but Cribbs and starting linebacker DQwell Jackson provide prime examples of why this years pursuit of a Super Bowl cannot be taken for granted.After eight seasons as teammates in Cleveland, Cribbs and Jackson couldnt believe their luck when they got a chance to play for a contender just a short drive away from the city theyd called home.The first thing I said when I came here was that this team smelled like the playoffs, Cribbs said with a smile and tone thats as infectious now as it was when he entered the league in 2005. Its a treat.For those with post-season experience, its also puts a new twist on Indys annual post-season trip. The Colts (11-5) have won two straight AFC South titles, been to the playoffs each of the past three seasons and have only missed the playoffs twice since 1999, which is why players such as tight end Dwayne Allen cant even imagine how agonizing the wait must have been for Cribbs and Jackson.The reaction of Jackson and Cribbs after Indy clinched a playoff spot with a win over Houston three weeks ago — Jackson nearly wore his division champions hat into the shower — and their continued excitement this week has even given some of the playoff regulars a jolt of energy.Ive been on teams where you look around and all you care about is getting a first-round bye, backup quarterback and former Super Bowl starter Matt Hasselbeck said. But when you have guys who have never been to the playoffs and you see the joy and the child-like feeling they have for making it, its so refreshing. Its awesome, you just love it.Cribbs acknowledges he doesnt want to ask questions about what to expect, choosing instead to soak it all in.But his real challenge Sunday might be keeping those emotions in check. When Cribbs made his first trip back to Cleveland in early December, he was critiqued for trying to do too much on his returns.Former Indy coach Tony Dungy, who won his only Super Bowl title after the 2006 season, often explained to players they didnt need to do anything special in the playoffs where he believed more games were lost than won. Rather, Dungy asked his players to simply sharpen the things they did best so they could execute consistently when the stakes increased.Those who have experienced success understand Dungys message, though it doesnt make it any easier to put in place.Im still a newbie at it, said safety Mike Adams, who has made the playoffs in three straight years after missing them for eight consecutive seasons in San Francisco and Cleveland. Every play is important.And in the case of Cribbs and Jackson, every moment will be one worth savoring for a lifetime.Theyre just hoping it doesnt take nearly as long to appear in a second playoff game as it did their first. A win over the Bengals (10-5-1) would send the Colts into a divisional-round matchup at either top-seeded New England (12-4) or second-seeded Denver (10-4).Cribbs cant wait.Weve already achieved success, Cribbs said, noting that the goal is making a Super Bowl run. Now, its about making this next level and reaching for greatness.Notes: Colts chief operating officer Pete Ward said about 1,000 tickets were still unsold at midafternoon Wednesday. ... Offensive linemen Hugh Thornton (right shoulder) and AQ Shipley (let ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus (groin), receiver Reggie Wayne (triceps, groin) and outside linebackers Erik Walden (knee) and Bjoern Werner (shoulder) were limited at practice. 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"My teammates kept confidence in me and I was able to get it going again." Chris Bosh added 25 points and seven rebounds for Miami. It was a costly loss for the Bobcats as starting point guard Kemba Walker sprained his left ankle midway through the third quarter when he stepped on Chris Boshs foot. He did not return. Walker left the locker room on crutches and with a boot on his left ankle. X-rays were negative, but coach Steve Clifford said Walker will have an MRI on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage. "Hes going to be out a while," Clifford said. Ironically, Al Jefferson missed the first two regular season games after he stepped on Boshs foot in the preseason and turned his ankle. Without their floor general, the Bobcats didnt stand much of a chance against the Heat. Jefferson had 22 points to lead the Bobcats, who were playing their fourth game in five nights. Jefferson had averaged 29.6 points over the previous three games, but the Heat clamped down on him in the second half and the Bobcats went cold from the field. "If he can catch it whenever he wants to, there is not much you can do," Bosh said. "We had traps and were able to give him different looks and I think that changed his timing up a little bit and played to our advantage." The Heat never trailed in overtime. James two free throws gave Miami a 98-95 advantage. After Mario Chalmers blocked Jeffersons put-back try froom behind, James then drove to the basket and scored on the right side to push the lead to five with 1:22 left in overtime.ddddddddddddHe tried the left side on the next possession against Anthony Tolliver and succeed with a driving left-handed layup with 36 seconds remaining to push the lead to six. Josh McRoberts and Tolliver each had costly turnovers in overtime for the Bobcats, who have lost 10 of their last 13. The Bobcats led most of the game but the Heat tied the score at 88 when James knocked down a jumper with 5 minutes left in regulation. But the teams only scored two points apiece in the final 5 minutes of the fourth quarter. Charlottes Ramon Sessions air-balled a 17-footer as the shot clock expired and James 18-footer rimmed out at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime. "I saw some grit," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Our guys were not happy at halftime and wanted to take a lot more pride in our defence and not just be talk but to walk the talk. They did a good job. They had us moving around and were moving the ball and attacking us and getting great looks. The second half there was more of a concentration -- not only the effort but a discipline " Ray Allen started in place of Dwayne Wade, who rested his knee after scoring eight points in the Heats win Friday night at Philadelphia. Allen got the Heat started strong with a reverse layup and a drive down the lane to build an early 9-2 lead and finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Greg Oden played in his second game since returning from a long layoff and looked plenty rusty with one point and three fouls in seven minutes. Despite the loss, Clifford said he felt good about his teams effort. "We played a good game," Clifford said. "I feel like were getting back to fighting, defending and staying in games. Hopefully that will help us going forward." NOTES: The crowd of 19,631 was the largest ever to see a Bobcats game at Time Warner Cable Arena on a night in which the team began selling its Hornets gear for the first time. The Bobcats will become the Hornets after this season. ... Along with Wade, Chris Andersen did not play for the Heat. ... James heard it from the fans after air-balling a 3-point attempt late in the first quarter. ... The Heat outrebounded the Bobcats 43-34. 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